American Herald Tribune|Tim King: The political boldness of Donald Trump’s presidency is not lost on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As Trump fails to enact a travel ban affecting people from seven Muslim majority countries, Benjamin Netanyahu’s government enacts the “Regularization Law”, a new land grab law that further erodes the ownership rights of Palestinians.
This new law will allow Israel to retroactively expropriate land that is privately owned by Palestinians in West Bank Area C, providing the land exists where Israeli settlements or outposts have been built. These settlements are all illegal under international law. The law would “regulate” somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 homes in 16 different settlements. all built on Palestinian-owned lands. The Regularization Law was passed in the Knesset on 06 February 2017 by a vote of 60 to 52. Critics have dubbed the new law the “Expropriation Law”.
Until the massive influx of Jews into Palestine following the Holocaust, Palestinian land was owned by Palestinians, just like land in America is owned by Americans. Jews lived in Palestine but they too were Palestinians. It was during the massive Post WWII exodus of Jews from Europe, that Jews began taking over entire Palestinian villages and in many cases, murdering the Palestinian land owners in order to do so.
This continued for years in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, with Jewish terrorist cells like the Irgun and Stern Gang ruthlessly killing Palestinian villagers, many of whom began to flee out of fear for their own lives. Literally, hundreds of Palestinian villages were taken this way and to this day, are possessed by Israelis.