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Forefather of the ‘Administered Territories’

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Israel’s 1967 occupation owes a very large debt to former Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar, who died on Friday. Were it not for his contribution, the occupation may not have lasted so long. Were it not for the stamp of approval that he bestowed, this crime may have been long ago eradicated.

Streets in the West Bank settlements of Ariel and Itamar should be named after Shamgar, while Palestinian towns from Jenin to Rafah should remember him in disgrace. Shamgar was the silver platter on which the occupation was delivered, to Israel and to the world: cold, respectable and wrapped in clear cellophane, with the appearance of legality, attractive and enlightened, laundered and neatly ironed.

Without the wrapping, many more Israelis would have long ago taken cover in deep shame, fed up with the occupation and fighting against it. Were it not for Shamgar and the Israeli Supreme Court, the world would also have recognized the occupation’s moral rot.

It’s no wonder that so many Israelis from across the political spectrum have accorded Shamgar such respect. He did the most important work for us following the military act of occupation. He enabled us to perpetuate it. Shamgar, as well as the Supreme Court that was........

© Haaretz