"…In its relentless quest to demonize the Jewish state, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), a virulently anti-Israel activist organization headed by Jeff Halper, has in effect rewritten the Fourth Geneva Convention, the main achievement of those years of work. Here is what visitors to the Frequently Asked Question of the ICAHD Web site are told:

Q. Are Israel’s house demolitions legal under international law?

 A. No. Under the Fourth Geneva Convention Occupying Powers are prohibited from destroying property or employing collective punishment. Article 53 reads: "Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons…is prohibited." Under this provision the practice of demolishing Palestinian houses is banned, as is the wholesale destruction of the Palestinian infrastructure.

If Article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention indeed asserts that the destruction of private property "is prohibited," period, it might be reasonable to claim, as does ICAHD, that "the practice of demolishing Palestinian houses is banned" under international law, period. But this is not what the Convention says. Through manipulative editing, Halper’s organization substantially changes and effectively misquotes Article 53…"

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