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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:40 AM

Israel To Return Farmland To Palestinian Owners

Good news? Maybe.

Bottom line, it should be good news: A 30-year-old wrong is to be made right. Landowners deprived of whatís rightfully theirs have been acknowledged. Israel is set to return a chunk of farmland to its Palestinian owners.

Yet thereís so much disheartening information woven through Mondayís good news that itís hard to take that good news to heart. As Amira Hass reports in Haaretz:

Israel is slated to return some 1,200 dunams (‏300 acres) of farmland in the northern Jordan Valley to its Palestinian owners, following the Israel Lands Administrationís admission it had mistakenly assigned the land to Kibbutz Merav, which is within the Green Line.

The ILA admitted the 30-year-old error last week in a letter to attorney Tawfiq Jabarin, who is representing the landowners.

But thatís the be-all, end-all of the good news. The error has been acknowledged, and its rectification is in the works.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/20/israel-to-return-farmland-to-palestinian-owners.html

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no_hypocrisy Feb 2013 #1
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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:13 AM

1. But will the Kibbutz fight the transfer and give up the land?

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:04 PM

2. It's a great start. Now hey only have to implement it.


Over the years, Israel, under various pretexts, has seized control of around 20,000 dunams of privately owned Palestinian land and transferred it to settlements for agricultural use.


I hope Israel sees fit to return everything that has been taken from the rightful owners.

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