'I am ashamed that I saw injustice and never did anything about it,' Reinhold Hanning tells German courtroom.01:17 30.04.16 | 1 comments
@1: There is a vast difference between Tel Aviv and a settlement outpost built on land that the developer must have known was owned by Palestinians. This is not about 'Jewish' or 'Arab' land but about private property. If the state decides to expropriate land and pass it on to settlers that is one thing - but no less wrong and illegal. It is another matter to build property on land you do not own or have a right to develop and then sell it on to a third party or keep for yourself. In this case the land (and by extension any priority on it) belongs to the Palestinian or Palestinians who hold the deeds or can prove ownership. It is for them to decide if the houses are demolished because as planning and building approval was obtained, there is no reason for the authorities to demolish. Therefore the owners can decided to keep the houses and sell, rent out or move in. Or else the developer must demolish at his own cost and restore the land to its original condition.