Theodor Meron, the then legal advisor of the Israeli Foreign Office, examined in 1968 the legality of house demolition and deportation policies in the Occupied Territories. The legal opinion he authored was classified “Top Secret” and was recently found in the Israel State Archives. Meron – today one of the world’s most respected jurists – stated in his Opinion the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to Israel’s conduct in the Territories and that it overcomes there the Defence (Emergency) Regulations, which Israel relies upon to this day.

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Legal opinion of Theodor Meron: Geneva Convention IV does not allow Israeli policies of House demolition and Deportation

10 March 1968: report of Sgt. Amos Z.