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    • 17.12.09 | 15:25 (IST)

    "Funny how often individuals mistake the term `return land back` with `giving land back`. These Palestinian territories were occupied in 1967, vastly colonized in contravention of international law and human rights." Until 1948, BOTH Jews AND Arabs lived in the territories. Egypt captured Gaza. Jordan captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Every single Jew was kicked out of those territories. Israel captured the territories 19 years later. Jews were able to reclaim their properties and move back in. Explain how giving all of the land to the Palestinians is either "returning" it or "giving it back." 1) It was never exclusively the Palestinians' land. 2) It was captured from Egypt and Jordan. What is in contravention in international law for Jews to have reclaimed their properties and developed them if the land never belonged exclusively to the Palestinians in the first place.

    from the article: Haaretz exclusive: Olmert's plan for peace with the Palestinians
    First published 03:11 17.12.09 | Last updated 15:17 17.12.09
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