Article 6 says that Jews can settle the Land - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Bruriah Sarah
    • 14.03.07 | 19:49 (IST)

    UNTIL 1979, the State of Israel regularly appropriated private land. Karmiel was built this way and even the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem benefited from such classifications. Since, then, however, no Arab private land has been used for the Jewish communities. State (mirie) land is a different matter and, therefore, ignored in the report?s charts. To include it would injure the Peace Now case. The report, it appears, also resurrects the concept of ardh as-sahil - the lands of the fields - which were somehow termed as collectively owned. As the League of Nations Mandate makes clear, in Article 6, ?the Administration of Palestine? shall encourage, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency? close settlement by Jews on the land, including state lands and waste lands not acquired for public purposes.? State lands make up the vast majority of the area in Judea and Samaria. Land disputes began with the Turkish Ottoman administration and continued throughout the British Mandate period. At the base of the Peace Now approach is the rehashing of many Arab propaganda claims, now being given legitimization by sympathetic Jews. As Arabs have asserted, they supposedly owned 93 percent of the land which came to be known as the State of Israel, of which 43% was privately owned and the rest was identified at that time as the Sultan?s Land. Jews owned but 7%. This five-decades old myth is now being resurrected by Peace Now, which is largely funded by foreign sources. http://yisraelmedad.wordpress.com/2006/11/23/the-grounding-of-judea-and-samaria/

    from the article: Peace Now: 32% of land held for settlements is private Palestinian property
    First published 00:00 14.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 14.03.07
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