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Settlement data 'implicates Israel'

Friday, January 30, 2009

News Middle East
Settlement data 'implicates Israel'

The report focuses on the about 120 settlements set up with government approval

A leaked report on Jewish settlements in the West Bank shows that the Israeli government was complicit in illegal construction on land owned by Palestinians, an Israeli human rights group says.

Yesh Din said on Friday that the classsified information, compiled by the Israeli defence ministry, would allow it to help Palestinians sue the Israeli government for damages.

Michael Sfard, Yesh Din's legal counsel, said the information was a "severe indictment" of Israel's military and government.

Israeli authorities are "systematically violating international law and the property rights of Palestinian residents," he said in a statement.

The information leaked to the group shows that in three out of every four settlements in the West Bank at least some of the construction was completed without proper permits, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported.

The daily said the database showed that, in more than 30 settlements, extensive construction of buildings and infrastructure like roads, schools, synagogues, and even police stations was carried out on private lands belonging to Palestinians.

In one settlement, Elon Moreh, 18 houses were built on private land, the reports says. In another, Efrat, a park and a synagogue were built on privateland, and in a third, Ariel, a college was built without legal approval.

Yesh Din said it would begin running advertisments in Palestinian newspapers to encourage people to take legal action, and will also offer legal counsel, the statement from the group said.

The database focuses on the 120 West bank settlements that have been authorised by the Israeli government since it occupied the territory in 1967. About 100 other unauthorised outposts have also been established by settlers.

The settlements are illegal under international law and the so-called "road map" setting the course for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations calls for a halt to their expansion.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli government on the conclusions of the report.

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Settlements are on occupied land (i.e, occupied in 1967). What almost nobody dares to mention are the properties taken from Palestinians in 1948. My late maternal grandfather had just built a house when Israel occupied our town, Majdal Asqalan in 1948. He fled to nearby Gaza Strip with his father, wife and daughter. He lost the house automatically to the new immigrants. When Gaza was occupied in 1967, it was possible for him to 'return' to his town (on a visit, mind you) only to discover that a couple of Jewish families had taken his house and call it their own. It doesn't matter who gave them the right to call it theirs, they have it and the real owners don't and can't claim it back. My grandfather's father was all tears after the 'visit' and he died a few days later.

This is not an odd story. I know many who have their own versions of the same story.. some with more tears, some with more blood. Who cares? The UN? The UN gave legitimacy to Israel, although Israel never seemed to give a @#$% about the UN or its resolutions. Now we're called terrorists for trying to get some of our basic rights back. And guess who first called us terrorists?? Israeli top politicians who were members of the then-terrorist gangs of Stern/Lehi, Haganah, etc. Isn't this just hypocritical??
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