Leasing vs Owning Land - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Leah BB"Z
    • 03.02.13 | 10:28 (IST)

    Few people own land in Israel. Almost all land is leased from government authority. Real estate is based on owning/building on leased land. Before there was an Israeli government, in 1948, clearly there was more land ownership -- only Arabs owned the land. After the war, the government claimed the land and leased permits for rental/construction. The issue here is that there would be a law allowing Jews to reclaim property abandoned behind enemy lines from prior to 1948 but not allow non-Jews to do the same. The homes and apartments being leased for decades in Jaffo and Haifa...are no different than this home in Jerusalem. Original owners (prior to 1948) fled during wartime and the property ended up behind enemy lines. If this family can now be evicted, then allow the heirs to all the rest of pre-48 land reclaim and evict current tenants. Our laws should apply equally to all.

    from the article: Israeli right-wing groups use 'right of return' to evict Arabs from East Jerusalem
    First published 09:36 03.02.13 | Last updated 01:48 03.02.13
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