Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS)

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Land, resources, environment

  • In 2011 the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics estimates estimated 520.000 Jewish settlers living in the West Bank. Settlements are illegal under international law. The Fourth Geneva Convention forbids occupying powers to transfer their own citizens to occupied territory, to make substantial changes to the land and to take possession of natural resources, unless it directly benefits the original population.
  • Israel took control of some 50 percent of the land of the West Bank, primarily for establishment and expansion of the settlements, in which only Jewish Israeli’s are allowed to live.
  • Jewish settlements are connected by a maze of bypass roads the Palestinians are not allowed to use or even cross, separating farmers from their lands, students from their schools and family members form one another.
  • Through financial benefits and incentives the State of Israel actively encourages Israeli-Jewish citizens to move to settlements.
  • Palestinians whose houses are demolished by the Israeli bulldozers are presented with the bill for the rent of the bulldozer afterwards.
  • The main means Israel uses for its continuous theft of land from Palestinian is declaring the land as ‘state land,’ requisition for ‘military needs,’ declaration of land as ‘abandoned property,’ and expropriation of land for ‘public needs.’
  • The Israeli law on absentee property from 1950 made it possible for the Jewish National Fund to get custody of land left by refugees on the ground that the property was abandoned. Custody includes the execution, transfer, sale or leasing of the property.
  • Today the Jewish National Fund (JNF) owns thousands of dunams of Palestinian land which it leases to Jews only.
  • The burden of proof claiming ownership of the land in Israeli courts always rests with the Palestinian owner. Even if sufficient proof is presented, the land may not be returned to its rightful owner on the grounds that it was transferred to the settlement "in good faith."