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Default US State Department stops referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘occupied’

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US State Department stops referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘occupied’

April 21, 2018


US State Department stops referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘occupied’Supporters of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (AP/Emilio Morenatti)


In a significant policy change, the State Department ceased using the term “occupied” in references to various regions of Israel, including Judea and Samaria.


By: World Israel News Staff

In a US State Department annual report on human rights, the controversial term “occupied” was largely eliminated in references to various territories in and adjacent to Israel. While the term “occupied” had been used in such reports since the Carter administration, the 2017 version drops this term, which is generally used pejoratively to criticize Israeli policy following military victories through which the Jewish state acquired control of various territories.

The change comes after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman advised the department in December to stop using the “misleading” term “occupied” in references to Judea and Samaria



At the time, Friedman remarked in an interview, “I think the settlements [in Judea and Samaria] are part of Israel,” which “was always the expectation when [UN] Resolution 242 was adopted.” He added, “The 1967 borders were viewed by everybody as not secure. There was always supposed to be some expectation of [Israeli] expansion” into Judea and Samaria.

The term “occupied” is considered by many to be a loaded phrase intended to demonize Israel with regard to its activities in disputed areas. According to policy expert Dan Diker of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), “Friedman is advancing Trump administration policy to correct past mistakes and misconceptions of American diplomats. Since the Oslo Accords in 1995, the most densely Palestinian populated areas in the territories are designated as ‘Area A’ and ‘Area B,’ which are under Palestinian autonomy, and are certainly not legally occupied.”


Mark Zell, who heads Republicans in Israel, commented to World Israel News in December that “Ambassador Friedman is fighting back against bureaucratic inertia and State Department Arabists.”

In response to the State Department’s subsequent change in terminology, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tweeted over the weekend, “The lie of the occupied Palestinian territories begins to be revealed. They say that a lie repeated often enough becomes true, but the truth is forever stronger. The State Department report is proof of that.”


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Fuzzy Ashkenazim • 4 hours ago
Thank you USA for taking the step to start to undo the damage Carter did that has contributed to the loss of many Jewish lives. Carter will answer to God for what he is doing to Israel.

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SAWolf • 3 hours ago
The only,"Occupiers", are arabian colonialists. Judea is where Jews originated from.

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Warren Rosenberg SAWolf • an hour ago
Why doesn't Israel take back the spelling while we're at it? JEWrusalem and JEWDEA. Put the JEW back in!!


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Ollie_Owl1 • 2 hours ago
IT IS ABOUT TIME. THIS CARTER WAS AN IDIOT AND GIVEN HALF THE CHANCE HE STILL WOULD BACK THE PALESTINIANS. ISRAEL BELONGS TO THE JEWS AND THEY ARE NOT OCCUPYING ANYTHING...IT IS THE PALESTINIANS WHO NEED TO GET OUT AND GO LIVE WITH THEIR PEOPLE. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLACES. PROBLEM IS NO ONE WANTS THEM.

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Lloyd Dale Ollie_Owl1 • 21 minutes ago
I wonder why nobody wants a people who have never been concerned about anything but hatred, war and the destruction of everyone else who is not them.

Thev've been given hundreds of millions of dollars, and what have they accomplished for themselves? Nothing! Pres. Carter claims to be a Christian, yet understand not one whit about scriptures that distinctly declare what Ishmael's descendants were to become.

I don't know how anyone could think the so-called Palestinians have any legitimacy in the world we live. I agree with your comment Ollie_Owl1! How can the term 'occupation' or 'occupies' have anything to do with Israel?

It cannot and the Jews simply can't be a so-called occupier for living in and taking possession of a land that the Almighty gave to them.




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screminmimi • 2 hours ago
Intelligent and knowledgeable people never DID refer to them as "occupied."

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Efram Paul • 2 hours ago
Another proof of why Tillerson had to go! Will passports now be allowed to state Jerusalem, Israel, as they should?

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Dorrie Efram Paul • an hour ago
I couldn't understand why Tillerson was ever appointed as Sec. of State to begin with! He's a far left Marxist who has gone all over the world spewing Climate Change!

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Montevideo Efram Paul • 22 minutes ago
The situation with the passports should be corrected immediately before the temporary opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem. PS: PERHAPS it is in the works. Amen and Shalom!!


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sandraleesmith46 • an hour ago
How can Israeli territory be labeled "occupied"? It BELONGS to Israel, by Divine directive; what has anyone else got to show claim to it? NOTHING, that's what! Squatting doesn't count when the lawful owners are claiming it.

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Nice_Cat sandraleesmith46 • an hour ago
I've always been fond of the term "squatters" referring anyone where they ought not to be. Fits perfectly with respect to unassimilated Arabs in Israel, from the Med at least to the Jordan River.

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sandraleesmith46 Nice_Cat • an hour ago
Yes it does. I try to use the proper terms when I can, to identify situations. That 1 may kind of old fashioned, but so am I, and it does apply. The land was never theirs to live on, hence squatters.

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lesrun5k sandraleesmith46 • an hour ago
Great post,the real occupiers are indeed the history denying welfare land squatters aka Fakeastinians.



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hank waldner • an hour ago
A lie will go around the world seven times while truth is still putting on its shoes

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donald coder • an hour ago
Judea and Samaria are occupied by Jews, the original occupants of the Land! It will stay like this, except that there will be many more of them.

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Ruben Palacios donald coder • an hour ago
It's time the Palestinians go back home! They came from Jordan!

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punch_corona • an hour ago
.. finally.. long overdue.. O-dg & lurch were always using these terms as the wipping boy against Israel.. O-dg even wanted the golan heights returned back to the syrian terrorist and leave Israel defenseless..


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Leonid • an hour ago
I am sure nobody believes that EU will do anything of practical matter in this respect. It is quite cleat that PA won't remove anti-Israel incitement for the test books, and EU won't reduce or stop funding of PA "education".

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garry pollack • an hour ago
to the palis everything from Haifa to Eilat is occupied!

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sandraleesmith46 garry pollack • an hour ago
Yes, and THEY are the "occupiers" who don't belong there.

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blog2038 • 19 minutes ago
"US State Department stops referring to Judea and Samaria as ‘occupied’"
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Wow! Mister President, thank you very much!



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Diana • 28 minutes ago
There is still the swamp that needs draining. We'd be naïve to think the State Dept. isn't part of what needs draining, but it's really nice to get a slight reprieve in knowing there are SOME good guys there..


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Hamalot • 34 minutes ago
The State Dept has not done this willingly. This is one Dept that is consistantly and totally against Israel. Creeps that are unelected and unaccountable.


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Michael Steinberg • 41 minutes ago
Not occupied, just disputed


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Stuberman • an hour ago
Now I hope that they cease the practice of calling the new towns in the West Bank settlements. They are towns. Some of them have been there for 50 years.


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amadeus3345 • an hour ago
About time. The leftover idiots from the obummer admin have had their way for too long a time. There is a new sheriff in town, thanks Ambassador Friedman.


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