How many times have you read accusations like “Under Jordan’s illegal occupation Jews were prevented access to holy places for 19 years”
Let’s first dispense with the “Jordan’s illegal occupation” conspiracy theory. Under the Israel Jordan Armistice Agreement of 1949, Israel AGREEd to Jordan being the Occupying Power over the territories subsequently renamed the West Bank. Jordan agreed to Israel being the Occupying Power over territories under Israeli military control.
1. It is agreed that the forces of the Hashemite Jordan Kingdom shall replace the forces of Iraq in the sector now held by the latter forces, the intention of the Government of Iraq in this regard having been communicated to the Acting Mediator in the message of 20 March from the Foreign Minister of Iraq authorizing the delegation of the Hashemite Jordan Kingdom to negotiate for the Iraqi forces and stating that those forces would be withdrawn.
2. It is also recognized that no provision of this Agreement shall in any way prejudice the rights, claims and positions of either Party hereto in the ultimate peaceful settlement of the Palestine question, the provisions of this Agreement being dictated exclusively by military considerations.
Exactly how was it illegal?
The claim it was Jordan prevented Jews access to holy places for 19 years is also a fallacy.
It is normal behaviour for states to restrict the movements of citizens of the respective hostile countries, curtailing or prohibiting their ability to conduct business, buy land etc. Japanese, Germans, Italians, were interred or deported by the UK, USA, Australia, during WWII.
The Israel’s 1948 Emergency Regulations (Foreign Travel) Ordinance, prevents Israeli citizens or residents from entering the territory of any entity deemed to be hostile under Israeli law. The Jordanian controlled West Bank was such a hostile entity from 1948 til 1967. So too was Gaza, under Egyptian control.
From 1948 til 1967, Israeli Emergency Regulations prevented citizens and residents, Jews, Christians and Muslims, from worshiping in territories under the military control of Jordan. Naturally Jordan and Egypt did likewise. It is normal behaviour for hostile states.
So what is the point of this Hasbara morsel? How exactly does it effect the legal status of Israel’s Sovereign extent on which UNSC resolutions are based?
Fact is, it doesn’t. It’s just propaganda. Like the claims made about Mark Twain, it is of perhaps historical interest. It has no legal bearing what so ever.