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Israel: Netizens Respond with Ridicule to No Occupation Report

A legal panel that was appointed by the Netanyahu government to appease the settlers and examine the legality of outposts built in the West Bank submitted a report to the Prime Minister. The report, which was submitted on June 21 but not publicized until yesterday, stated that Israel is not an occupying power in the West Bank, and therefore, the Fourth Geneva Convention does not apply to the West Bank, which means Israel is within its right to build settlements and outposts in the area. The finding of the panel headed by former Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy were met with ridicule by legal scholars and Israeli netizens alike.

Some voiced their opinion on Twitter:

Activist and blogger Itamar Sha'altiel quipped [heb]:

עברנו מ”כיבוש” ל”איטס קומפליקייטד”
@ItamarS: We went from “occupation” to “it's complicated”

Filmmaker Omer Shapira wrote:

ישראל: ״אין כיבוש״. פלסטינים: איזה כיף! אז אפשר חופש תנועה וזכות הצבעה? ישראל: שניה, טלפון
@OmerShapira: Israel: “There is no occupation.” Palestinians: “Great! Can we get freedom of movement and the right to vote then? Israel: “Wait a sec, I'm getting a phone call”

Alex posted a clever pun:

אל תגלו לתקציב הבטחון שאין כיבוש, זה יגמור אותו
@alex10dlr: Don't tell the defense budget there's no occupation, it will kill it

A fake profile of the Israeli Prime Minister posted:

אובמה התקשר אלי ושאל אם אדמונד לוי יסכים לחבר דו”ח על מחנה המעצר בגוואנטנמו.
@fake_bibi: Obama called me and asked whether Edmond Levy would be willing to write a report about the Guantanamo detention camp

Others posted memes ridiculing the finding of the report, many of them using photos of Edmond Levy, the right-wing judge who headed the panel.

We Won't Be Silent, a campaign of the New Israel Fund, posted:

Justice Edmond Levy: “There is no occupation”. Palestinian women at a checkpoint: “We have to disagree”

Popular leftist meme producer, Amir Schiby posted these images:

Justice Levy to Netanyahu when handing him the report: “Two plane tickets to the Hague”, “the stay and dry cleaning is covered by them [the ICC]“


Mickey Jerby posted:

“There's no occupation”

The Israeli facebook page The Selfish Meme showed Edmond Levy as Neo in Matrix:

“There is No Occupation”

Blogger Ami Kaufman posted a doctored photo of abusive soldier Eden Abargil:

“Listen, I'm gonna take off the blindfold. Tell me if you still see the occupation”

Leftist activist John Brown posted:

“You see? I told you there's no occupation”

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