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Thursday, August 12, 2004

How could I have missed this Kimberly Gibbs letter?

Also in today's Daily Camera

ISRAEL: On the contrary, borders are clear

Several recent letters have addressed Israel's borders, an issue vital to understanding the Israel/Palestine conflict. Some have claimed that Israel has "no internationally recognized border" (Open Forum, July 26), while others argue that U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 does not require Israel to abandon land it claimed in 1967 because it lacks the word "all." (Open Forum, Aug. 1 and Aug. 5). These arguments rely on word games and delusional logic to justify Israel's ongoing military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The 1949 Armistice Line, or "Green Line," clearly demarcates the borders between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It is also the internationally-recognized border. Following the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel claimed parts of the West Bank and Gaza in clear violation of international law.

In addition to numerous UNSC resolutions, the Fourth Geneva Convention, which Israel ratified in 1951, prohibits the colonization of lands obtained through military force. In addition, the recent International Court of Justice opinion condemning Israel's so-called "security wall," which winds inside the West Bank, further denies Israel's claim to that land.

Israel's actions have earned the harsh criticism it receives from the rest of the world. Likewise, Israel will gain the respect of the international community when it chooses to respect and obey the rule of international law.

KIMBERLY GIBBS
Boulder

The Daily Camera has no mercy. Two anti-Israel letters a day is more than I can bear.