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Jan 20 18 tweets 8 min read
In light of Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in #SheikhJarrah and the #Naqab happening right now, I thought it useful to draw on @PalStudies archive for some historical context. #Thread
In 1985, Palestinian jurist Hanna Dib Nakkara, published an article titled, "Israeli Land Seizure Under Various Defense and Emergency Regulations" detailing Israeli theft of Palestinian land in th language of law.… #Apartheid #SettlerColonialism
While Zionists frame Britain’s Defense Emergency Regulations (1945) as technology to crush Zionist opposition to British rule, Nakkara shows that they were originally enacted as orders in council against Palestinian Arabs. #EthnicCleansing #SheikhJarrah #Naqab
Upon its establishment, the new Israeli Govt adopted the emergency regulations nearly verbatim to use against the Palestinians who remained in order to suppress their protest and expropriate their lands in ongoing #settlercolonial expansion.
Nakkara focuses on Regulation 125 which empowered a military commander to declare “whole [Palestinian] villages and most of the fertile and plains lands of inhabited villages to be closed area” for the purposes of expropriating them. #Apartheid #SettlerColonialism
“Every Arab village or town,whether inhabited or not, was declared 2 be a separate closed area. Arabs were not allowed to leave their village or town,even 4 the purpose of cultivating their lands or collecting their olives or fruits,unless they obtained a military permit 2do so”
The Cultivation of Waste Land Regulations then enabled the Israeli Minister of Agriculture to declare the lands fallow and thus no longer in “the possession of their owners”
The final expropriation was facilitated by the Land Acquisition Regulation (1953) which “appropriated the legal rights” of possession and to “transfer the ownership” to the Israeli Development Authority.
Nakkara notes that More than 4,500,000 dunums of cultivable land, out of a total area of 16,324,000 dunums (including most of the Negeb lands) or abandoned Arab property, were transferred in this way” #EthnicCleansing #SheikhJarrah #Naqab
Israeli military rule created an “atmosphere for fear, terror, and oppression” exacerbated by the Israeli military practice of “collecting Arabs from their homes” and loading them on trucks to the Lebanese & Jordanian armistice lines where they ordered them to cross at gunpoint.
As a trained jurist, Nakkara took particular note that the whole process was beyond judicial review, ironically in “a country which claims to be a democratic country…” #ApartheidIsrael
He writes, “The act of stealing Arab lands & transferring them to Jews is not only an act of discrimination, but one of vandalism of the 1st degree comparable only 2 procedures followed by the South African govt in its imposition of the #apartheid rule on its African population.”
While Israel claims that it compensated the #Palestinians for their lands, the Govt arbitrarily set the amount of compensation based on the prevailing price on January 1, 1950- when there “were no market prices for land…land was not a commodity at that time.” #LandBack
Palestinians resisted fervently. Conferences, meetings, and protests held throughout the country, delegations to the Knesset, press conferences, petitions…all which failed to release the lands to their rightful inhabitants.
Some Israeli Communists opposed this law, including Dr. Israel Carlebach- founder and chief editor of Ma’ariv, who commented, “If the law decides against the thief, and the thief is very powerful, then he makes another law supporting his view” #ApartheidIsrael
The Security Zones Regulations (1949) were deployed particularly against Palestinians to remove them. The Minister of Defense declared the entire Northern Galilee bordering Lebanon and Syria, the Triangle area, and the railway line near Battir “security zones”
This enabled Military commanders to forcibly remove Palestinians from their homes as was done in Iqrit and Kafr Bir’im- where Palestinians were forcibly loaded onto army trucks, their homes blown up, and they were transferred to Mount Kan’an. #EthnicCleansing #SheikhJarrah #Naqab
Their protests were dismissed on the pretext of “security” Nakkara closes by noting that “All attempts by United Nations' bodies to secure their return to their own villages failed.” #EthnicCleansing #ApartheidIsrael #SheikhJarrah #Naqab

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