Saturday, July 08, 2017

A 'New Settlement'? "New"? Really?

Here's the latest from Peace Now:
A new settlement in Sheikh Jarrah
On July 16, the Jerusalem regional planning committee is intended to discuss several plans for settlements within Palestinian neighbourhoods. Of those, 4 plans will be discussed for the Um Haroun neighbourhood (located within Sheikh Jarrah)...two of the plans include the demolition of homes of 5 Palestinian families.The two plans for 13 housing units in Sheikh Jarrah will be established on properties in which 5 Palestinian families currently reside. These properties are under a legal battle through which settlers seek the evacuation of these Palestinian families. Although the Palestinian families are legally regarded as protected tenants they reside in properties that prior to 1948 were Jewish owned, and the Israeli law enables Israeli citizens to return to properties that were owned by Jews prior to 1948...

The accompanying map:

First, Um Haroun neighborhood?


Nahalat Shimon (Hebrew: נחלת שמעון‎‎. lit. Simeon's Estate) is a Jewish religious neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Nahalat Shimon was founded in 1891 by Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jewish Kollels, to house poor Yemenite and Sephardi Jews.

Second, new?

The cornerstone of the neighborhood was laid in 1890, near the Tomb of Simeon the Just....The land was purchased in 1890 and the first homes were built soon after, housing 20 impoverished families. In 1947, there were 100 Jewish homes in the neighborhood. In March 1948, the British ordered the residents to evacuate within two hours due to mounting Arab violence.

You don't believe they had to leave due to Arab-initiated violence, in contradiction to a UN resolution of November 29, 1947?

And where is the Nashashibi Quarter?

Three, and you thought UNESCO was bad for Jewish history and national identity?

Think again.  And think about Peace Now.


1 comment:

YMedad said...


"There is no “Israeli law [that] enables Israeli citizens to return to properties that were owned by Jews prior to 1948.”

That’s just plain a lie.

The claim of the Israeli (Jewish) owners is not that the properties “prior to 1948 were Jewish owned.” It is that they own the property today. That claim happens to have the virtue of being legally accurate; their claim of ownership was upheld in court (in fact, in the very same rulings that granted and recognized the rights of the Palestinian families as “protected tenants”). While the owners’ Jewishness, and the history of property ownership, are both very interesting sociologically and historically, both are irrelevant to their legal rights today.

The claim of the Israeli ownership is not an assertion of a “Jewish right of return” to overturn or diminish the Palestinian rights as “protected tenants” (which does not exist in law, and is simply a Peace Now defamation). The Palestinian rights as “protected tenants,” like those of any “protected tenants” under the Israeli “protected tenancy” law, are limited and subordinate to the rights of the owners. Protected tenancies do not last forever, and owners are entitled to take possession upon expiration of the tenancy, and under certain circumstances specified in law, even prior to expiration of the tenancy."