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Monday, November 19, 2007

Sacrificial lambs

The Olmert-Barak-Livni government has been looking for some Jews to expel from their homes in the lead-up to the Annapolis conference mugging to satisfy both Secretary of State Rice and 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen. This morning, the Jerusalem Post reports that the government has found its victims: The Jewish residents of Shalom House in Hebron.
The state concluded on Sunday that Jews did not purchase the four-story building overlooking the road leading from Kiryat Arba to the Machpela Cave and that police may evict the Jewish settlers who have been occupying it since March without recourse to a court order.

"After the police completed their investigation and after the evidence regarding the question of a 'fresh occupation' was presented to the police [and] the state prosecution, it was decided, with the concurrence of the attorney-general, that the police should help evacuate the 'fresh occupation' from the building. Under these circumstances, the government intends to help the petitioners evacuate the occupiers."

More than 100 settlers occupied the empty building overlooking Worshipers' Way, as the Kiryat Arba-Machpela Cave axis is known, on March 29.

They claimed the four-story apartment building had been purchased by a Jewish company, Tal Investments, and the Association for the Renewal of the Jewish Community in Hebron from its Palestinian owners for $700,000. The owners denied they had sold the house.

A few days after the occupation of the structure, then-defense minister Amir Peretz announced he would order security forces to immediately evict the settlers who had remained in the building after the initial occupation. Ultimately, however, the government decided to investigate the claims that the Palestinians had sold the building to the Jewish company and also to determine whether the takeover by the settlers could be considered a "fresh occupation."

In its response on Sunday to a petition filed by Faiz Regbi, one of the alleged owners of the building, the state for the first time declared that the Palestinians did not sell the house to the Jewish company and that the takeover by the settlers constituted a "fresh occupation."

"Under the circumstances," wrote the state's representative Attorney Gilad Shirman, "the state intends to help the petitioners evacuate the fresh occupation."

Nadav Ha'etzni, the attorney who represented Hebron's Jewish community said Sunday the High Court should reject the state's response because it did not include any explanation for the reasoning behind it.

"The contents of the response are so empty that it is absolutely unacceptable," he said.

"How are we supposed to respond to it when it doesn't say anything? This is all they had to offer after taking so long to respond to the petition," he said.
In other words, the State has decided that all of the documentation presented was never signed by the 'Palestinian' who signed it and that therefore it believes that the 'Palestinian' never sold the property. And the fact that the revenants can show that $700,000 was transferred to the 'Palestinians' is deemed irrelevant.

'Justice' in the State of Israel under the Olmert-Barak-Livni junta.

Previously at Israel Matzav:

Comrade Peretz declares war - against the Jews

Peretz lied


At 5:21 AM, Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

Carl, thanks for posting this kind of stuff. We in America are pretty ignorant of all of this. Or at least, so it looks from where I'm sitting. When we hear about "settlers" and "stopping the expansion of settlements," we don't know what to think, don't know any of the details, don't know what it looks like on the ground. Yours is actually the first web site I've found that gives some details and tells the other side of the story so that I can get my bearings in the midst of the sheer generalities that are all that otherwise come through in the American media.

If the details here are really true--that the purchasers can document that they paid the money, that the seller signed, and so forth, but the government is going to evict them anyway, with no reasons given--then that's legally pretty amazing. How to make money in the West Bank: Sell something to Jews for a lot of money, then let Israeli law take it back for you! And where is that money now? Has it already been spent on weapons? Will the "Palestinians" have to give it back if the building is given back to them? All pretty amazing.


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