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Gov’t Wants ‘Land Freeze’ to Stop Building in Samaria

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The Attorney General is appealing to the High Court to establish a “land freeze’ on a Jewish community in Samaria that wants to buy Arab properties for new homes.

A district court previously accepted a petition from the nationalist Regavim organization to order the government to open up the land registry for the community of Pesagot, north of Jerusalem and south of Ofra and Beit El in Samaria.

Pesagot wants to see who owns land next to its borders so that it can buy parcels from their true owners. Many previous purchases of land by Jews from Arabs have been disallowed by the courts because the “sellers” were not the rightful owners.

The land registry records the owners that were registered when Jordan occupied Samaria.

The very idea of Jews in Samaria building new homes but also doing so on land bought from Palestinian Authority Arabs set off the flashing red lights in front of Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, who has been a constant thorn in the side of Jews in Judea and Samaria.

He appealed to the High Court to overturn the district court decision.

After reading through the entire legal lingo, it is clear that Weinstein’s problem is “settlers,”

Although the lower court said that freedom of information demands opening the land registry for Pesagot, Weinstein that the principle does not apply in a “sensitive” area, from the standpoint of “government policy” and of the Civil Administration.

The land registry generally is not open to the public, he added, and the court was wrong for “ignoring the special circumstances of the area.” He also told the High Court that in regards to Arab land that is adjacent to a Jewish community in Samaria, the circumstances are even more special.

In other words, government policy against a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria overrules the law.

Israel Approves Begin’s Bedouin Land Grab

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Israel’s government on Sunday approved the recommendations of Minister without portfolio Benny Begin to change the program regulating Bedouin settlements in the Negev. The reform is aimed at solving definitively the issue of Bedouin ownership claims on Negev lands, including a compromise proposal of relocation and financial compensation, bringing an end to illegal Bedouin outposts.

In September 2011 the government approved the Praver Report, which determined a layout for regulating Bedouin settlement in the Negev, facilitating expansion of existing settlements and absorption of some communities within Regional Council Abu-Basma, south and west of the “green line.”

Additional settlements will be established as part of the regional master plan for Beer-Sheva.

According to the plan, each settlement will be adjusted to the nature and character of the local population and its needs, and will be executed in cooperation with it.

The plan was accepted with mixed feelings among the Bedouin as well as among right wing critics.

Kalman Libeskind wrote in Ma’ariv about Benny Begin’s “stinking maneuver,” accusing him and Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein of not just confirming through legal registration what has been essentially an illegal land grab of many thousands of acres by the Bedouins over several decades, but also promising them many new settlements to boot.

Libeskind pointed out that while the Weinstein refused to permit the application of the Levy Committee recommendations to apply Israeli law in Judea and Samaria because the government is in a lame duck period – has no duck issue when it comes to giving away enormous swaths of Jewish land to the Bedouins.

The Regavim movement on Friday petitioned the High Court to forbid the government from approving the proposed program at its meeting on Sunday, arguing that Minister Benny Begin will not serve in the next Knesset and so his proposal is a serious case of a last minute grab that should not be sanctioned.

 

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