A 1971 internal brief presents background for Israel’s refusal to recognize applicability of the 4th Geneva Convention to the Occupied Territories: recognizing its policy on Jerusalem violates the convention and avoiding foreign interference “in matters we do not wish to be interfered with”, such as house demolitions, deportations, administrative detentions and others.

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A Background brief ahead of visit of Mr. Victor H. Umbricht, member of the ICRC's Presidential Council

4-8 December 1971