April 1Order No. 418 enables Israel to alter the planning system in the West Bank that had existed under Jordanian rule, reducing the involvement of the Palestinian public in planning processes. A High Planning Council composed of military and civilian Israelis is given the exclusive power to grant construction permits and to “amend, cancel, or suspend for a specified period the validity of any plan or permit.”
August 1In a military operation in Gaza, thousands of Palestinians are removed from the Jabalya refugee camp and taken to other camps in the strip. The action is taken so the army can demolish buildings and establish wide “security roads” in areas that were used to conceal cells of Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The attempt to move tens of thousands of Palestinians from Gaza to the West Bank will stop, following the growing resistance of the residents, at the end of the month.
Attorney General Meir Shamgar states that the Fourth Geneva Convention does not apply in the Occupied Territories, but despite this, Israel will act in accordance with the humanitarian provisions of the convention and of the Hague Convention.