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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 11:46 AM
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Israel stalling release of report proving West Bank outpost built on Palestinian land
The Military Advocate General (MAG ) is delaying the publication of an internal report from a year ago which shows that most of the West Bank outpost of Derekh Ha'avot is on private Palestinian land. The report, a copy of which was obtained by Haaretz, indicates that 60 percent of the Etzion Bloc community is on Palestinian farmland.

The outpost, also known as Nativ Ha'avot, was established in early 2001 and is home to about 35 families. In 2002, the Palestinian landowners petitioned the High Court of Justice for the return of their land. A government team appointed to conduct a land ownership survey never completed its work.

In 2008, Peace Now filed a second High Court petition, through attorneys Michael Sfard and Shlomi Zachariah, again demanding the outpost's evacuation. In its response to the petition, the state said the survey team would be reestablished. In October 2010, Justice Edmond Levy rejected the petition because the survey had not been completed but wrote, "No one knows when it will be done; only time will tell."

The landowners contacted the Civil Administration repeatedly, asking about the survey's status. Zachariah received a letter from Roman Levitt of the MAG's land department last April, stating that the team was building a database of its findings and expected to conclude its work within two months. In September Levitt wrote again, saying the survey work was "at its peak."

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-stalling-release-of-report-proving-west-bank-outpost-built-on-palestinian-land-1.395218
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Ginas Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 11:51 AM
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1. Radical lefti-Haaretz: What on earth is "palestinian" Land???
What does that mean? Was there ever a "palestine" Arab independent state?
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 11:54 AM
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2. The issue is explained in the OP. nt
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 11:55 AM
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3. PS: welcome to DU.
:hi:
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 09:35 PM
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5. Their stay was a very short one...
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 11:14 PM
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6. well I guess check out time was earlier than thought to be n/t
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 01:47 AM
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7. It did accuse people of stereotyping Republicans in one of the big forums...
I'm not sure if it was that or its habit of denying the existence of the Palestinian people that did the trick.
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 03:11 AM
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8. I just noticed it here it seemed
to be into juicy things kinda like a lamb-chop or something
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 07:33 AM
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9. That and the usual complete lack of any sense of irony, I would think.
Accusing other people of wallowing in stereotypes etc. I mean ...

But we see lots of that here.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 04:59 PM
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4. Why do you put dit-dits around the word Palestinian?
I've noticed you do it consistently in every post where you talk about the Palestinians, and I'm curious to know why you do it...

btw, welcome to DU! I think you'll fit in well here!
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 08:59 PM
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10. "btw, welcome to DU! I think you'll fit in well here!"
Alas, not.

:P
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 04:57 PM
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11. Israel effectively annexes Palestinian land near Jordan Valley
Separation barrier route in Kibbutz Merav area changed leaving 1,500 dunams on Israeli side; may be first transfer of Palestinian-owned land to community on sovereign Israeli territory.

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"Israel carried out a de facto annexation of Palestinian land northeast of the Jordan Valley and given it to Kibbutz Merav. Merav, part of the Religious Kibbutz Movement, is about seven kilometers northwest of the parcel.

The route of the separation barrier in the area was changed so that the plot in question, about 1,500 dunams (375 acres), would be on the Israeli side.

Israel has previously built roads on and given Palestinian land in the West Bank to Jewish settlements, but this is thought to be the first instance of Palestinian-owned land being transferred to a community on sovereign Israeli territory.

A spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Guy Inbar, confirmed that the property is in the West Bank and said, "Kibbutz Merav has been farming this land for decades."

The issue of the land's legal status and its transfer to Merav is clouded in mystery, and official statements have been contradictory. All efforts to locate documents explaining the situation have failed, Inbar said."

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-effectively-annexes-palestinian-land-near-jordan-valley-1.396225
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