Dispossessing Palestinians of their private and collective properties is a long and old story. However, recent developments have given occasion to a new report by Dr. Salman Abu Sitta (Palestine Land Society). “Dividing War Spoils: Israel’s Seizure, Confiscation and Sale of Palestinian Property” chronicles the appropriation of Palestinian refugee properties through Zionist institutions preceding and throughout the 60 years of the Israeli state. Crowning that process is legislation before the Knesset, having passed its third reading, that would “privatize” those lands through sale according to the principles of the Jewish National Fund and the other related parastatal institutions: to Jewish persons only. Abu Sitta argues that any transfer of title to any party apart from the Palestinian refugee owners would be illegitimate.
This new report provides a succinct treatment of the legal and institutional dimensions of Israel’s seizure of Palestinian lands, as well as clarifying quantification and valuation data. “Dividing War Spoils” includes original analysis of the continuity of dispossession, illustrated through maps, encapsulating the issues involved and the values at stake—HLRN.
Full report: Salman Abu Sitta, “Dividing War Spoils: Israel’s Seizure, Confiscation and Sale of Palestinian Property" (London: Palestine Land Society, September 2009), 26 pages.