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    US Drops ‘Occupied’ From New Report on Israel

    Language in the U.S. State Department’s annual human rights report is under scrutiny after the term was completely left out — for the first time ever — in reference to the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza. It specifically referred to the Golan Heights, which some top U.S. lawmakers have sought to recognize as part of Israel, as “Israeli-controlled territory.”

    Do the Golan Heights belong to Israel? Although Tel Aviv captured the region in 1967 and annexed it through a 1981 law, the international community has never recognized its claim.

    Read OZY’s feature about how the Israel debate shapes U.S. politics.

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