Friday, January 15, 2016

Disgrace unto the nations: Palestinian rights to their lands

"Jews can sue for complete restitution of their pre-1948 East Jerusalem properties. But Palestinians who lost West Jerusalem properties in the wars surrounding Israel’s establishment generally are eligible for compensation based only on the 1949 value of the home or land, and it is extremely difficult for those who fled or were forced out of villages throughout what became Israel to obtain any recompense.  The matter is further complicated because many Palestinians who may claim compensation, however minimal, will not do so because it would be seen as surrendering their claims to lands and properties that they hope will one day ease their return to what is now Israel."  Don't you like the reference to the Israeli occupation of Palestine as "who lost West Jerusalem properties in the wars surrounding Israel's establishment", as if Palestinian lands accidentally fell into Israel's lap.