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In Email to JTA Quinn Says West Bank ‘Disputed Territory’

Quinn’s position runs counter to that of the U.S. government, which considers the West Bank Israel-occupied territory.
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New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn considers the West Bank “disputed territory” and said she would advocate for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The comment, made in an email to JTA in response to a question at an Orthodox Union event Wednesday, comes two weeks after one of Quinn’s rivals in the race, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, stirred controversy with his comments on the status of the West Bank.

“Chris believes the West Bank is a disputed territory and that the Israelis and Palestinians must sit down and negotiate a solution,” said a spokesman for Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council. “As Mayor, Chris will use the bully pulpit of the office and everything she can to urge the two sides to sit and negotiate a peaceful resolution of the conflict through the establishment of two states for two peoples that ensures safety and security for the State of Israel.”

Quinn’s position runs counter to that of the U.S. government, which considers the West Bank Israel-occupied territory.

The distinction is significant to both Israelis and Palestinians. “Disputed” suggests that the Palestinians have no more right to the territory than Israel, which captured the land from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War. “Occupied” suggests that it is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. Successive U.S. administrations have opposed Israeli Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank as unlawful and obstructive to a two-state solution.

In late June, Weiner was asked whether he considers the West Bank occupied territory. He said, “The status of that area is left to be decided by the people who are there.” Asked to clarify, Weiner said, “There are disagreements about what constitutes the West Bank.”

Quinn also has said the United States must recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

At the O.U. event Wednesday, Quinn also talked about her positions on issues relating to Jewish day schools, saying she supports better security for schools, enhanced special education programs and fewer administrative hearings for parents of special education students.

Quinn also said she wants to eliminate hate crimes in New York.

“It’s not acceptable that mezuzahs were burned in Williamsburg or that a man in Greenwhich Village was killed because he was gay,” said Quinn, who is gay. “I want to make New York City the first hate crime free city.”

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9 Responses to “In Email to JTA Quinn Says West Bank ‘Disputed Territory’”

  1. shall give us the sikhs to go all out to recover our lost area to pakistan as the 1849 treaty was marred by india act of 1947.

  2. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Glad to hear someone in the public eye use the term "disputed territories" rather than "occupied territories" or even "West Bank." However, I disagree that when someone uses "disputed territories" they mean to say that the Arabs have no more right to the land than the Jews, as stated in the article. Instead, "disputed territories" is an accurate description that ownership is DISPUTED, not that the two people claiming ownership of the land are equally entitled. It is a descriptive term denoting a controversy, not a term of equality of legal or other claims.

  3. However, I still do not agree with "disputed". We were attacked and we won thank G-d. Doesn't that make the land ours, even under international law? I want lots of things. Claiming items doesn't make them disputed.

  4. Marty Mensch says:

    It is Israel, by Treaty's, International Law's & Document's. Only for those that do no agree with this, it can only be disputed, & nothing more!

  5. Lori Lowenthal Marcus have you seen the book by Howard Grief, The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel in International Law?

  6. Herb Glatter says:

    Shabbat Shalom from Hood River, Oregon

  7. Tim Upham says:

    A spade is a spade, it is disputed territory.

  8. Tim Upham says:

    A spade is a spade, it is disputed territory.

  9. Nicholas Cobraetti says:

    No- it's occupied territory, and there is nothing to dispute about that.

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