The Current Status of the Gaza Strip under International Law
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Starting in 2005, there have been major changes in the situation prevailing in the Gaza Strip. The Egyptian uprising, in particular, had important consequences that have changed the balance of control over the Strip. Israel's degree of control has declined and the local Palestinian degree of control has increased. Israel still holds power over many aspects of national life in Gaza, including most of its means of access to the outside world, but Gaza now has an independent door to the world via its southern border with Egypt. This thesis analyzes whether or not the legal status of occupation which has prevailed in Gaza since the 1967 war still holds today in light of these changed circumstances. The relevant legal standards and the facts on the ground are reviewed, leading to the conclusion that Gaza is currently best characterized as a partially occupied territory.