Posted by: Lister | February 17, 2008

Settlements break Israeli law

A third of settlements on land taken for ‘security purposes’:

More than one-third of West Bank settlements were built on private Palestinian land that was temporarily seized by military order for “security purposes,” according to a report by the Civil Administration that is being published here for the first time.

The settlements in question, which include Ariel, Kiryat Arba and Efrat, have tens of thousands of residents, and many have existed for decades. A security source termed this a “difficult statistic” that is liable to cause trouble for Israel both in Washington and its own courts.

The defense establishment has consistently refused to publish this information, and a month ago, the Defense Ministry told a court that its publication would “damage the state’s security and foreign relations.” Peace Now, which discovered the data, said it proves that most of the settlements are illegal even under Israeli law, and termed the attempt to hide the information a “blow to democracy.”

International law allows the seizure of occupied territory, but only for military needs. Instead, Israel built many of the settlements via such seizures, in defiance of a 1979 cabinet decision that forbade using private Palestinian land for settlements.

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The first comment led me to this article: Palestinians sue for NIS 40 million for land taken by settlers:

Palestinian landowners on whose property the West Bank settlement of Homesh was constructed are demanding NIS 40 million in compensation and the right to access their land. The state is trying to reach an out-of-court compromise in order to avoid a precedent setting ruling.

[…] The Israel Defense Forces took over the property by means of “holding warrants.” This means security forces are taking over the land in order to secure the area. These types of warrants do not change the ownership of the property, and when the warrant expires, the property is restored to its owners.

Meanwhile, the owners are entitled to compensation for the use of the land.

To date, there have been nearly no instances of Palestinians demanding compensation for the use of their property. One of the reasons is that receiving usage fees from Israel is perceived to be akin to selling the land, or agreeing to its takeover by the IDF.

Many of the property owners are also concerned that if they ask for usage fees, they will be targetted by Palestinian groups and dubbed as collaborators with the occupation.

When warrants initially were issued for the IDF takeover of the property, the Palestinians turned down a compensation offer. Following the evacuation of Homesh, the owners decided to demand compensation.

[…] Ministry officials believe that a minimum payment of NIS 20 million will have to be made, even if the case is resolved out of court.

Homesh was evacuated in 2005 as part of Israel’s “unilateral disengagement”.

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Responses

  1. Typical of this NaZionist regime. This is the “only democracy” in the Middle East. Israel should deposit the fair value of this “usage” in an escrow account and upon returning (will this ever happen?) to its Palestinian owners, pay all dues in one lump sum.

    But this is wishful thinking, isn’t it? After the recent razing of Palestinian villages along the Jordan river, “for security purposes” we know that Israel will do anything to steal more lands and not to give it back!

    ATW

  2. I think the zionazi slogan is lazy thinking. Almost everything bad gets compared to the Nazis — such an attitude cheapens everything.

    Zionism is a thing in itself. It does not need a shallow comparison with other ideologies for people to reach a judgement.

    And, reading your blog, I notice that you link to Haaretz a few times — an Israeli newspaper which is much more critical of Israel than many papers outside Israel. You also link to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

    And, having acknowledged the good, what do you gain with shallow comparisons between ideologies? You have a blog which is far better than such soundbytes. What’s next? Bushitler?


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