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EnglishOccupied Palestinian TerritoryOPT
FrenchTerritoire palestinien occupé
SpanishTerritorio Palestino OcupadoTPO
Russianоккупированная палестинская территория; оккупированные палестинские территории
Chinese 巴勒斯坦被占领土 被占领土
Arabic
الأرض الفلسطينية المحتلة
Cross-Ref Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem; East Jerusalem
Note Eng Includes the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
N.B.: There has been disagreement concerning whether to use the singular (territory) or plural and regarding how to capitalize the term in English. Choices in the regard may be intended to express political views.
    As of December 2010, the preference in Editorial Control Section (ECS) of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), as conveyed by the United Nations Editonial Manual Online, was Occupied Palestinian Territory -- capitalized and singular. This preference would not override another approach used by a Member State or author department.

    In December 2012, the Legal Counsel advised that, following General Assembly resolution 67/19, there is no legal impediment to using the designation “Palestine” to refer to the geographical area of the Palestinian territory. It may also be appropriate to refer to it as the “Observer State of Palestine to the United Nations” or the “Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine”, but this does not preclude the use of the term “Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”. The General Assembly, after the adoption of resolution 67/19, has continued to use the term “Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” to refer as a whole to the geographical area of the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967. The Legal Counsel advised against the creation of new terminology, such as “Occupied State of Palestine” or “Occupied Palestinian State”.

    Background
    Practice in the General Assembly (GA) has been to use the term “Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem”. This wording was decided upon by the Assembly in 1998 (decision 53/424) and came to be more or less consistently used in all General Assembly resolutions (plenary, Second Committee and Fourth Committee), although the inclusion of the word “East" became standard only from the fifty-seventh session. Subsequent General Assembly resolutions have employed the singular, which probably reflects an older practice: For many years the standard phrase was “territory occupied since 1967”.

    Outside of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) there has been a tradition of avoiding the term. For example, Security Council resolution 1544 (2004) uses “territory occupied by Israel since 1967”. The Quartet has used “Palestinian areas” [see statement of the Quartet annexed to S/PRST/2002/20 and the road map to Mideast peace (S/2003/529)].

    Variants: occupied Arab territories; occupied Palestinian areas; occupied territories; Occupied Territories; occupied territory; Occupied Territory
      Variant capitalization: occupied Palestinian territory; Occupied Palestinian Territories; occupied Palestinian Territory
      Note Frn Comprend la Cisjordanie, la bande de Gaza et Jérusalem-Est.

      Veiller à suivre l'anglais s'agissant de l'usage de la majuscule initiale (uniquement à "Territoire" en français) et du nombre (singulier ou pluriel).
      Note Spn O más frecuentemente: "territorios palestinos ocupados", que abarca la Cisjordania, la Faja de Gaza y Jerusalén Oriental.
      Note Chn 前译:被占领巴勒斯坦领土
      E: e-mails from C. Brasseur, April 2009, Oct 2004 and previously; Note on the usage of selected terminology related to the question of Palestine, Division for Palestinian Rights, 25 Jan 1996; United Nations Editorial Manual Online at http://69.94.137.26/editorialcontrol/ed-guidelines/style/capitalization.htm#Task (consulted 5 Nov 2009);
      E (note): A/59/93, para 39; A/59/256, title; A/59/284, para 40;
      E (Legal Counsel): Internal memo on "Issues related to General Assembly resolution 67/19 on the status of Palestine in the
      United Nations", 21 Dec 2012;
      F(mise à jour): FTS (A. Diatta, nov 2012);
      S: Recopil. STS (consultado en marzo de 2013);
      R: RTS consulted 27 Nov 2012;
      Subject military issues, peace and security, core concept
      Geo-Entity Israel , Middle East, Palestine
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