Israel's Land-Grab Law Explained, Concern for Palestinians
Hardline Jewish settlers, supporters of the Amona outpost, northeast of Ramallah, are moved away by security forces as they start to evict them from a building at the wildcat settlement on February 1, 2017, in line with a High Court ruling that determined the homes were built on private Palestinian land.Israeli police began evicting dozens of hardline Jewish settlers from a wildcat outpost, just hours after unveiling plans for 3,000 new homes in other West Bank settlements./ AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX

Israel’s Land-Grab Law Explained, Concern for Palestinians

Israel has passed a law which confiscates private Palestinian land. This decision on behalf of the Israeli parliament allows Jewish settlers to reside in their homes; but, negates the prospect of these settlers to being entitled to owning this land.

Those residing in these settlements were encouraged by Israeli State to do so as it was supposed to be privately owned land, but has now backfired with the passing of the so-called “Regulation Bill”. Although the law has caused much controversy,  Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, general of Israel gives his full support.

This land-grab law raises concern as Israeli authority is taking advantage of power over Palestinians. According to Haaretz, former minister Dan Meridor comments that the law is “evil and dangerous.” He also draws attention to how the Israeli Parliament never regulated Palestinian property ownership in the West Bank because “the Arabs of Judea and Samaria did not vote for the Knesset, and it has no authority to legislate for them. These are basic principles of democracy and Israeli law.”

“If Israel is to be fully sovereign in the West Bank”, he argues, “it would have to allow the Palestinians their citizenship and grant the right to vote. Until then, Israel’s authority to regulate land in the West Bank is limited only to doing so for security purposes – under both Israeli and international law.”

According to Peace Now, the law will allow for the retroactive legalization of land in more than 50 outposts and settlements so far.

These include settlements in Ofra, Eli, Netiv Ha’avot, Kokhav Hashahar, Mitzpe Kramim, Alon Moreh, Ma’aleh Mikhmash, Shavei Shomron, Kedumim, Psagot, Beit El, Yitzhar, Har Bracha, Modi’in Illit, Nokdim and Kokhav Yaakov.

The peace process between Israel and Palestine is frozen as an activation of land theft is executed by Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated the law was an aggression against the Palestinian people, reported by Haaretz.

“That bill is contrary to international law,” Abbas said following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande in Paris. “This is an aggression against our people that we will be opposing in international organizations.

“What we want is peace … but what Israel does is to work toward one state based on apartheid.”

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