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No land, By Law, To The Arabs

Michelangelo Cocco writes in Axis of Logic:

“This will be a powerful propagandistic weapon in the hands of those forces trying to de-legitimize Israel by accusing it of being an apartheid, racist system,” an internet-surfer, whose signature is Jbb, writes. Another one, Kol, instead is persuaded that “Israel is under no condition a democracy,” since “too many things carry a mark: for Jews only.” Avrohom cuts the story short: “A dreadful law.”

Pouring like a flooding river on the newspaper’s website, readers’ comments in the conservative-orientated Jerusalem Post reflect the outcry that has been aroused by the bill the Israeli Parliament passed last Wednesday evening.

On a first reading, the Knesset passed a rule by 64 “yes” votes and 16 “no” votes (only one abstention) ­ put forward by the right along with Ehud Olmert’s Kadima ­ which bans non-Jews from purchasing lands belonging to the Jewish National Fund, an institution which controls 13% of Israeli territory.

In this way, the Knesset members are trying to by-pass a ruling by the Attorney General, Menachem Mazuz, who announced last January that the Israeli Land Administration, which is the state organism supervising land sales, would have to rectify its 10-year-long policy of selling allotments only to Jews and to start giving them to the Israeli Arab population as well, who represent about 20% of the Jewish state’s population.

Mazuz assured that, for each hectare sold to an Arab, the State would have to make up for it by giving the same amount to the Jewish Fund. Mazuz’s decision was taken after Adalah, the center for the rights of the Israeli-Arab minority, and the Israeli Civil Rights Association had appealed to the High Court.

Putting the “rectifications” ­ according to Mazuz’s dispositions ­ into practice was supposed to be left to the Jewish National Fund alone, that was set up by Theodore Herzl at the beginning of past century and that, from the original end of buying Arab-owned lands in Palestine under the Ottoman Empire, ended up with controlling the 13% of the land. Land whose property ­ according to the Fund’s charter can be exchanged between Jews only.

As a result of this and other provisions, kibbutzim and moshavim are allowed to develop naturally and harmoniously, whereas the Arab villages, not being entitled to purchase pieces of land over which to extend, are increasingly crowded and resemble a sort of ghetto.

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