The headline on a recent newspaper article, "Israeli land grab ..." is inaccurate, misleading and inflammatory.
Standing, valid international law, written in 1922 as the British Mandate for Palestine, states:
"The Administration of Palestine ... shall facilitate Jewish immigration under suitable conditions and shall encourage, in co-operation with the Jewish agency referred to in Article 4, Close settlement by Jews on the land, including State lands and waste lands not required for public purposes."
Accordingly, it cannot be alleged that the disputed territory, which legally has no sovereignty, nor has it since May 1948, was "grabbed" from anyone.
Several questions arise. What power held legal sovereignty over the lands of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) on June 1, 1967?
What government has legal sovereignty over that area today? Since what date? By what law or legal process would that have transpired?
The government of Israel "declared nearly 1000 acres as 'state land' after determining that the areas were not privately owned."
It posted the declaration, "allowing Palestinians claiming ownership of the tracts 45 days to appeal the decision."
The mayor of the town of Surif said, "the land was planted with olive and forest trees and belonged to several local families."
If that is true, surely those families will be able to challenge the GOI's declaration in court, provide deeds and other evidence of ownership and regain ownership as has happened historically many times.
Hilton Head Island