Israel sells stolen Land

 

Israel Begins Sell-Off of Refugees’ Land.

http://original.antiwar.com/cook/2009/08/14/israel-begins-sell-off-of-refugees-land/….

But last week, in a violation of international law and the refugees’ property rights that went unnoticed both inside Israel and abroad, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, forced through a revolutionary land reform.

The new law begins a process of creeping privatization of much of Israel’s developed land, including refugee property, said Oren Yiftachel, a geographer at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva.

Mr Netanyahu and the bill’s supporters argue that the law will cut out a whole level of state bureaucracy, make land transactions simpler and more efficient and cut house prices. ….

Israel’s founders nationalized not only the refugees’ property but also vast swathes of land they confiscated from the remaining Palestinian minority who gained citizenship and now comprise a fifth of the population. By the 1970s, 93 per cent of Israel’s territory was in the hands of the state. ….

 

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 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1107975.htmlU.S. group invests tax-free millions in East Jerusalem land.

American Friends of Ateret Cohanim, a nonprofit organization that sends millions of shekels worth of donations to Israel every year for clearly political purposes, such as buying Arab properties in East Jerusalem, is registered in the United States as an organization that funds educational institutes in Israel.

The U.S. tax code enables nonprofits to receive tax-exempt status if they engage in educational, charitable, religious or scientific activity. However, such organizations are forbidden to engage in any political activity. The latter is broadly defined as any action, even the promotion of certain ideas, that could have a political impact.

Financing land purchases in East Jerusalem would, therefore, seem to violate the organization’s tax-exempt status. …

 

According to international law, Israel holds the property of more than four million Palestinian refugees in custodianship, until a final peace deal determines whether some or all of them will be allowed back to their 400-plus destroyed Palestinian villages or are compensated for their loss. Israel Begins Sell-Off of Refugees’ Land.

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According to international law, Israel holds the property of more than four million Palestinian refugees in custodianship, until a final peace deal determines whether some or all of them will be allowed back to their 400-plus destroyed Palestinian villages or are compensated for their loss.

But last week, in a violation of international law and the refugees’ property rights that went unnoticed both inside Israel and abroad, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, forced through a revolutionary land reform.

The new law begins a process of creeping privatization of much of Israel’s developed land, including refugee property, said Oren Yiftachel, a geographer at Ben Gurion University in Beersheva.

Mr Netanyahu and the bill’s supporters argue that the law will cut out a whole level of state bureaucracy, make land transactions simpler and more efficient and cut house prices. ….

Israel’s founders nationalized not only the refugees’ property but also vast swathes of land they confiscated from the remaining Palestinian minority who gained citizenship and now comprise a fifth of the population. By the 1970s, 93 per cent of Israel’s territory was in the hands of the state. ….

 

 

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 U.S. group invests tax-free millions in East Jerusalem land.

American Friends of Ateret Cohanim, a nonprofit organization that sends millions of shekels worth of donations to Israel every year for clearly political purposes, such as buying Arab properties in East Jerusalem, is registered in the United States as an organization that funds educational institutes in Israel.

The U.S. tax code enables nonprofits to receive tax-exempt status if they engage in educational, charitable, religious or scientific activity. However, such organizations are forbidden to engage in any political activity. The latter is broadly defined as any action, even the promotion of certain ideas, that could have a political impact.

Financing land purchases in East Jerusalem would, therefore, seem to violate the organization’s tax-exempt status. …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1107975.html

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4 Responses to “Israel sells stolen Land”

  1. worzzz Says:

    Notable is the fact that Israel’s landgrabbers demand endless restitutions from Europe while denying Palestinians their just compensation.

  2. worzzz Says:

    U.S. Assistance to Israel (FY1949 – FY2006) $ 158 billion. (Not adjusted for inflation)

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/US-Israel/U.S._Assistance_to_Israel1.html

    http://www.usaid.gov/policy/budget/cbj2006/ane/il.html

    http://www.miftah.org/Display.cfm?DocId=753&CategoryId=4

    Promotes the illegal occupation of Palestinian land in order to establish settlements for Jewish immigrants

    A portion of US foreign aid to Israel, which has increased in the past decade to $80 million annually, goes into building settlements for Jewish immigrants. This occurs by the illegal confiscation of Palestinian land and home demolition to allow for space. Jewish settlements surround every single Palestinian city in the West Bank, and their rapid construction since 1973 has prevented the creation of a feasible Palestinian State.
    Jewish settlements are built on confiscated Palestinian land to accommodate Jewish immigrants from all over the world, based on the Israeli Law of Return. These immigrants are guaranteed the right to Israeli citizenship, free Hebrew learning, and immediate employment. On the other hand, Palestinian refugees who were forced to flee their homes in 1948 and 1967 are forbidden from returning to their towns of origin.

    B3. Transforms Palestine into a military test ground
    Seventy five percent of US military aid to Israel goes into purchasing US-made military equipment, such as tanks, machine guns, bullets, helicopter gunships, and more. The US depends on Israel to test new military technologies in war conditions. For example, uranium-depleted ammunition has been fired at civilians in Palestine.

    B4. Violates US Law and abuses human rights
    The Foreign Assistance Act (FAA) of the United States, which provides guidelines for the eligibility of certain countries to purchase US-made weapons and military equipment, states in section 116 that “No assistance may be provided under this part to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.” However, Israeli army engages daily in degrading and inhumane treatments towards Palestinians, such as prolonged detention without charges, strip searches at checkpoints, beatings, torture, and home demolitions. According to Amnesty International, Israel is the only country that legalizes torture.
    Similarly, section 4 of the Arms Export control Act prevents the US government from selling defense articles to countries that abuse their use for non-self-defense purposes. In 2001, the US State Department described the actions of Israeli army against Palestinians as an “excessive use of force,” referring to the use of live ammunition when soldiers were not in a pending danger. This clearly shows that the US does not agree with the way these weapons are being used against Palestinians, yet the US military aid to Israel continues consistently as agreed between both countries.

    B5. Inflicts great economic losses upon the American people
    Besides the roughly $8 billion in annual taxpayer money to Israel, there are hard to track forms of aid which have been causing great economic losses to the American people. According to the Central Bank of Israel, in the 1980’s the US bailed out the Israeli banking system at a cost of $10-12 billion in military and economic aids. Congressional researchers disclose that this money was never paid back, and has been forgiven by the American government.
    The US’s trade deficit with Israel is about $5-5.5 billion. This is due to trade imbalance between both countries. While the US pays real money for imports from Israel, Israel does not pay real money for its imports from the US. This costs the American people an equivalence of a quarter million jobs.
    In a similar manner, there are great losses to American military institutions. For every dollar of military equipment the US gives Israel, the US buys 60 cents worth of Israeli equipment. Only the difference here is that the US pays with real money, but Israel does not.
    The Oil Supplies Guarantee affirms that if Israel’s oil supply is to be cut off for any political or economic reason, the US guarantees to provide Israel with oil regardless of the US oil supply levels. This guarantee carries with it a potential price tag of $20-30 million a day.

  3. worzzz Says:

    (IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the Jewish people need to deepen their hold on the Land of Israel. …. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/170409

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    Lieberman: Israel won`t let Palestinians declare state unilaterally.

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1111372.html

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    Not one penny has reached Gaza.

    JERUSALEM // It has been six months since the international community pledged nearly US$5 billion (Dh18bn) in aid to the Palestinian people, chiefly for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after Israel’s devastating offensive there this year.

    None of this aid has reached Gaza and no reconstruction has started ….

    http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090901/FOREIGN/708319876/1140

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    East Jerusalem Shuts Out Thousands of Palestinians on Holy Day.

    Thousands of Palestinians were turned away at West Bank checkpoints leading into Jerusalem by Israeli security forces as they tried to attend Friday Ramadan prayers at al-Aqsa Mosque. …

    “Without East Jerusalem as our capital there will be no Palestinian state, and without a Palestinian state there will be no peace process. Without a peace process there will be no regional stability. No Arab or Muslim country will accept Israel’s continued occupation of East Jerusalem,” ….

    U.S. State Department officials have acknowledged that a compromise from their previous firm stance on settlements laid out by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be necessary due to the inflexibility shown by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent talks with U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell in London. ….

    http://original.antiwar.com/frykberg/2009/08/31/east-jerusalem-shuts-out-thousands/

  4. worzzz Says:

    News Reporter Under Attack in Israel.

    Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas on Palestinians protesting against the Israeli separation barrier which cuts through their West Bank village. The soldiers also fired tear gas at Jacky Rowland …

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