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Monday, July 30, 2012

Yet another anti-Israel double standard

Here's something I never knew before.

You will recall that last month, in response to a Supreme Court order, the residents of Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood were 'voluntarily' expelled from their homes because the homes were built on 'private Palestinian land.'

I always knew there was private Jewish land in Judea and Samaria (and Gaza, for that matter) that had been purchased by Jews before 1948. What I did not know is that Kings Abdullah (the grandfather - not the current one) and Hussein of Jordan built some of the largest 'Palestinian refugee camps' on privately owned Jewish land - specifically on land owned by the Jewish Agency.

Specifically, the Dehaishe 'refugee camp' outside Bethlehem and the El Aroub 'refugee camp' (from which Jews are regularly stoned) between Gush Etzion and Hebron, were both built on land owned by the Jewish Agency. What's worse, Israel cannot even build 'bypass roads' around El Aroub because it cannot take the necessary 'Palestinian fields' to build those roads by eminent domain and the 'Palestinians' won't sell them.

So why doesn't the Jewish Agency go into court and demand the expulsion of the 'refugee camps' like the 'Palestinian landowners' in Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood did? Because we're a bunch of wimps.

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At 3:16 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Yet again - a good use for GIS ArcView title search layers, by year, by elevation, annotated with links to books, reports, etc. I saw a photo of your Jerusalem mayor (Birkat?) with Gov. Romney... maybe the municipal public works dept of Jerusalem already has a GIS system in operation for water system, etc. We could build from there. (Or, I should say "you could" rather than "we could." I get carried away.) You had another story several years ago about a Palestinian family in the press complaining about their house being separated from their "fields" by the security fence, and they had to wait to go through a gate to get there. And, SURPRISE!, it turned out that that family never owned that land... they just started farming it. The whole vocab needs to be regularized to remove the lawless inapplicability of ordinary real estate law to certain people. That is what the GIS land maps would cut down on. "Squatter" is the term that is needed.


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