[News] Israeli court grants ownership of Palestinian lands to settlers

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Wed Nov 28 10:37:29 EST 2018


  Israeli court grants ownership of Palestinian lands to settlers

Nov. 28, 2018 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=781923
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Supreme Court ruled, on Wednesday, to 
grant ownership of Palestinian land, located near the illegal Israeli 
settlement of Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem in the southern occupied 
West Bank, to the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

Hebrew-language news outlets reported that the Israeli Supreme Court’s 
ruling grants Israeli settlers from JNF ownership rights to 522 dunams 
(129 acres) of Palestinian land surrounding the illegal Gush Etzion 
settlement.

The ruling allows Israeli settlers to build settlements and confiscate 
more Palestinian-owned lands “legally.”Sources also reported that 
Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by Palestinian owners of 
the confiscated land against a previous decision ordered by the District 
Court in Jerusalem, stating that JNF has ownership of the land in question.

Sources added that JNF claimed it had obtained ownership of the land 
since 1944 after purchasing it from a Palestinian family that emigrated 
to Latin America.

It is noteworthy that the illegal Rosh Tzurim settlement and the council 
offices of the Gush Etzion settlement were already built on the 522 
dunams prior to the ruling.

Additionally, Palestinians were banned from entry to the lands, although 
they possess ownership rights from decades ago. In some cases, 
Palestinian owners were allowed entry once to twice a year, in order to 
pick olive harvest.

According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the year and a half since 
President Trump took office some 14,454 units in the West Bank has been 
approved, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in 
the year and half before his inauguration (4,476 units).

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 
1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli 
settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of 
international law.

The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered 
across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under 
international law.
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