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Words shape Middle East history. (see here ). Use of a word in a treaty or a description can create a fact, and that fact becomes a contention in the conflict. If someone writes "West Bank" they are possibly of a different political persuasion than someone who writes "Judea and Samaria." From the historical point of view, there was no West Bank before 1945 approximately, but maps of Israel and Palestine have shown "Judea" and "Samaria" ever since there were maps. In the hands of propagandists, "illegal" becomes synonymous with "bad." For example, the British prevented Jewish immigration to Palestine after 1939, and therefore most immigration was "illegal" as Palestinians often point out. However, the prohibition itself was "illegal" since it violates the terms of Mandate of the League of Nations. "Illegal" is not synonymous with "immoral." If the something is declared illegal, ask if the law has been applied equitably. The law treats rich and poor alike, - it forbids both to sleep on park benches.
It is the right of ancient Roman nobles and medieval lords to spend the first night with brides of their subjects. The "right of return" of refugees claimed by Palestinians is not clearly established in international law. The right of self-determination takes precedence over it. "Right of return" has more power as a slogan than as a legal argument.
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