The British Supreme Court recently rejected an appeal by four Anti-Israel activists who were convicted on criminal charges of trespass for chaining themselves to an Ahava business in Central London. The protests were mainly focused on the Ahava factory operating in one of the settlements in the West Bank – one that provides Palestinians with jobs and security. The more important anecdote relating to this story is the reason behind the rejection of the appeal – as stated by the British Supreme Court.
The factory did not contravene the Fourth Geneva Convention simply by being located in a “settlement”, stating that in its view that would only be the case if it actively encouraged people to move there. According to some international legal experts such factories – and the presence of Jewish communities in general – are not illegal at all, since the Fourth Geneva Convention does not apply to Judea and Samaria.
This is an incredible statement, one that has been made public by an incredibly influential institution, the British Supreme Court. The statement recognizes that the pre-1967 lines isn’t illegal as stated by the Fourth Geneva convention. Pro-Israel groups hailed this decision as a victory over bigotry, and a stinging blow to the BDS movement which has been for years trying to garner up support in the UK.