UKMW prompts correction, via Twitter, to Evening Standard claim on Gaza ‘occupation’

Earlier today, we prompted a correction to an extremely misleading claim in the Evening Standard.   

The article (‘This is my country’: Cambridge University bans Arabic students travelling to Palestine amid fear of deportation by Israeli security, Oct. 22), by Martin Coulter, contained several questionable claims that we’re currently investigating, and one clearly misleading passage which we noted in a tweet to the journalist.

Here’s the claim:

Now here’s the exchange, which began with a Tweet to Mr. Coulter under his original Tweet of the article:

Here’s his reply:

In response to his question, we cited language about Gaza’s status used in a 2016 CAMERA prompted correction in the LA Times.

Mr. Coulter then revised the article, taking into account the wording in the LA Times correction we cited. Here’s the revised passage:

We commend the Evening Standard journalist for his openness and professionalism in responding positively to our complaint and making the necessary correction. 

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  1. To refute this dishonest nonsense about Gaza people should quote in its entirety Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Convention: Art. 42.

    Territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army.

    The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.

    There is good Wikipedia article:

    • There are a few other points that have never been addressed and it concerns occupations. To be occupied one must first have a valid sovereign claim to the territory, no other state can have a similar valid sovereign claim to the territory and one must be a High Contracting Party.

      The Islamofascists do not have a valid sovereign claim to any territory whatsoever. Israel does have such according to the San Remo Treaty, Mandate for Palestine and the UN Charter.

      The Islamofascists are not and never have been a High Contracting Party, Israel is.

      So the fact of the matter Gaza, Judea and Samaria are in fact occupied by a foreign power and the land legally belongs to Israel

  2. European Court of Human Rights Rules Gaza NOT OCCUPIED.

    The Court notes that under international law (in particular Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Regulations) a territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of a hostile army, “actual authority” being widely considered as translating to effective control and requiring such elements as presence of foreign troops, which are in a position to exercise effective control without the consent of the sovereign”