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If Israel were to annex 30 percent of the West Bank, as envisaged in the US administration’s “deal of the century”, and the international community were to accept this step, it would indeed be the biggest breach of international law since World War II. It would set a precedent that would shake the international legal order. Palestinians in annexed enclaves would have the status of illegal aliens, Michael Sfard says.

Palestinian artists paint a "stay home" mural in an awareness campaign about the spread of coronavirus disease in Gaza city, on April 2, 2020. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

“Despite going through two wars as a doctor in 2012 and 2014, the fear of this experience was greater than what I’ve been through before, its terms are way more than I imagined.” Three Palestinians in Gaza – an engineer, a doctor, and a fashion designer – share their personal diaries about what has changed about life in Gaza during the coronavirus pandemic, and what hasn’t.

A Palestinian stands on his property overlooking the Israeli settlement Har Homa, West Bank, February 18, 2011. (Photo: UPI/Debbie Hill)

Annexation will require that Israel update, change, adapt, or reaffirm decrees, laws, and military orders that have governed how the occupying power administers the territory and its inhabitants. Jonathan Kuttab discusses how these changes will impact the legal status of Israeli settlers, and the Palestinians that live in the areas that are annexed.

European opposition to Israeli annexation plans mean nothing to Trump or Israel because Europe hasn’t articulated “a single concrete sanction,” says Lara Friedman of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. And Democratic opposition to annexation is just as “soft,” she says, and therefore if you hope that annexation can be turned back, “hope would be deeply, deeply misplaced.”