Reclaiming stolen territory does not violate UNSCR 446 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Michael Davison
    • 28.08.11 | 09:57 (IDT)

    In 1948, Jordan conquered the West Bank. In doing so, Jordan also expelled all those Jewish residents who were not massacred. No UN resolution can void the rights of the legal title-holder of land. The Etzion Bloc of settlements is entirely legal, as is the reclamation of Jewish-owned land and/or buildings in and around Jerusalem. Some 20,000 Israeli and/or Palestinian Arabs have been granted reparations, alternative equivalent land or confirmation of their ownership by Israeli courts, without the intervention of the UN. A far smaller number of Jewish landowners (less than 1,000) have had their legal title upheld by the same courts, with conditions. The Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is an example: Arab residents placed in buildings by the Jordanians have been allowed to remain on condition of paying a highly subsidized, fixed rent. Those Arabs who have been evicted from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah are those who refused to pay that court-ordered rent for more than a decade. (Sheikh Jarrah, BTW, was renamed in 1949 by the Jordanians. Before that, it was a Jewish neighborhood named "Shimon Hatzaddik".) "Settlements" such as the Etzion Bloc and those same Jerusalem neighborhoods under legal Jewish ownership deserve the same recognition and rights as any land-owning Palestinian. The difference is simple: although holding up a key to a newspaper reporter may make a heart-rending human interest story on the 7 o'clock news, it does not meet the rules of evidence practiced in a court of law. The fact is that I can go the the Flea Market in Jaffa and buy 100 such keys in a couple of hours--does that give me title to the houses they belonged to? In a court of law, it will most certainly NOT. Note that I make no such claim for any settlement that can not trace its legal claim prior to 1948.

    from the article: UN envoy Prosor: Israel has no chance of stopping recognition of Palestinian state
    First published 01:07 28.08.11 | Last updated 01:07 28.08.11
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