US drops “Occupied Territories” term in new document

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On Saturday, the US State Department has released a new document that dropped the term “occupied” in a report referring to the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights.

Previous US Human Rights Practices reports had a section on “Israel and the Occupied Territories. However, this year’s document refers instead to “Israel, Golan Heights, West Bank, and Gaza.”

The change comes after US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, last December asked the State Department to stop calling the West Bank occupied, which would make a noted departure in US policy.

In response, Palestinian Foreign Minister Dr. Riyad al-Maliki that the abolition of the US State of the term “occupied territories” and its replacement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will not change the reality and the legal status of the Palestinian territories.

Al-Maliki told Voice of Palestine radio on Sunday morning that Friedman’s attempts to bring down the term occupied territories indicates that the US has completely lost its credibility, and showing  full bias to the occupation and settlements.

To his part, Israeli minister of army, Avigdor Lieberman hailed the decision, saying  “The lie of the occupied Palestinian territories is being exposed.”

“They say that if you repeat a lie enough, it eventually becomes the truth, but the truth will always be stronger,” Liberman tweeted. “The announcement by the US state department is proof of that.”

Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights following the six day war in 1967. Since then, the majority of the West Bank has been under Israeli military and civil control. In 2005, Hamas took control of the Gaza strip, which falls now under Israeli siege.