US report drops the word ‘occupied’ from reference to Palestinian territories

WASHINGTON: A US State Department report has dropped the words “occupation” or “occupied” before a section on the Palestinian territories of West Bank and Gaza.

The annual global human rights report also describes the Golan Heights as “Israeli-controlled” rather than “occupied,” Reuters reported.

The three territories are considered occupied by Israel under international law.

Gaza, the West Bank, and the Golan heights were annexeded by Israel during the 1967.

A State Department official said there had been no change in US policy on the status of Palestinian territories. The official told Reuters the word “occupied” was not used because the report was on human rights issues and not legal issues. 

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