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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:34 AM
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Court case reveals how settlers illegally grab West Bank lands
West Bank settlements have expanded their jurisdictions by taking control of private Palestinian land and allocating it to settlers. The land takeover - which the Civil Administration calls "theft" - has occured in an orderly manner, without any official authorization.

The method of taking over land is being publicized for the first time, based on testimony from a hearing on an appeal filed by a Kedumim resident, Michael Lesence, against a Civil Administration order to vacate 35 dunams (almost 9 acres) near the Mitzpe Yishai neighborhood of the settlement. Official records show the land as belonging to Palestinians from Kafr Qaddum.

Lesence's lawyer, Doron Nir Zvi, admitted at the hearing that the land in question was private Palestinian property. However, Lesence claims ownership on the grounds that he has been working the land for more than a decade, after he received it in an orderly procedure, complete with a signed agreement, from the heads of the Kedumim local council.

Affidavits from Civil Administration officials stated that Lesence began cultivating the land only in the past six months.

Attorneys Michael Sfard and Shlomi Zecharia, who represent the Palestinian landowners on behalf of Yesh Din - Volunteers for Human Rights, insist their clients continued to work the land, and that the army and settlers from Kedumim are denying their access to it.

Kedumim residents who testified before the board said that the Palestinian have no problem reaching their lands. However, a visit to the area reveals a different picture: The guard at Mitzpe Yishai announced that "it is forbidden to allow Arabs in" to the lands abutting the neighborhood. After the Palestinians approached their property on foot, an army patrol arrived and moved them off. When the commander was told they have Civil Administration documents proving they own the land, the commander replied: "Documents don't interest me."

The land-takeover method was developed in Kedumim and neighboring settlements during the mid-1990s, after the Oslo Accords, and continues to this day.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/964843.html
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:40 AM
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1. Anybody doing anything annoying in South Africa? Egypt? Peru?
No, huh?
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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:52 AM
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2. Hey, look over there!
Tell me, how would you react to a similar response to an attempt to attract attention to Palestinian crimes against Israel?
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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:32 AM
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4. "Annoying?"
What if this passage read: "The New York City Police Department announced that 'it is forbidden to allow Jews in' to the lands abutting the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. After the Jews approached their property on foot, a patrol arrived and moved them off. When the police sergeant was told they have title documents proving they own the land, he replied: 'Documents don't interest me.'

That wouldn't be annoying - it would be both criminal and eerie.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:34 AM
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5. Plenty...
but this is the I/P forum (unless the post was moved from elsewhere).
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parkia00 Donating Member (401 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 09:40 AM
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6. Sheesh!
What an utterly pathetic failure of an attempt at redirection!
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:01 AM
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3. They need to stop. This will not end well. I don't know why they continue.
It's theft, plain and simple.

It doesn't help the peace process, either.

The best situation will be that they vacate the land they have taken wrongfully, and leave the structures behind. Hey, nice housing is nce housng.

I don't think they intend to go quietly, or at all, though.
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aranthus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:13 PM
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7. You have to get to the end of the article to get to the key to the story.
"Bar-Neder said that once the settlers seized the lands, an application would be made to the military commander to declare them state-owned, since under the law covering the West Bank, anyone who does not cultivate his land for three years forfeits ownership of it."

What right does Israel have to pass a law like this covering land which Israel claims is disputed?
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