Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, on a recent visit to Israel to attend the funeral of Israeli war criminal Ariel Sharon told the Israeli people that the international community should stop saying that Israeli settlements scattered throughout the West Bank are illegal. She said: “I would like to see which international law has declared them illegal”.
The international law that says that the Israeli settlements are illegal is the Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49, paragraph 6, which says that an occupying power “shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies”. Israel as a signatory to the convention is bound to it. Under international law, such violations are considered war crimes.
As a trained lawyer (Bishop has a degree in Law from Adelaide University) she should have known exactly which international law declares the Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal.