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Israel's New Land Grab Master Plan
By Stephen Lendman
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July 27, 2010
The new plan updates older ones, going back to the first, what
Israeli historian Ilan Pappe documented in his 2006 book, "The Ethnic
Cleansing of Palestine," on David Ben-Gurion's Plan D (Dalet in Hebrew), his
final master plan following Plans A, B and C, what Palestinians call the
Nakba, the catastrophe, commemorated annually to never forget.
bombarding and besieging villages and population centers, destroying
communities, and expelling or killing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians,
it planned an exclusive Jewish state, excluding Arabs by any means,
including mass-murder, dispossession, and persecution, ongoing to this day,
what Palestinians heroically resist.
It took six months to complete,
expelling or slaughtering about 800,000 people, and destroying 531 villages
and 11 urban neighborhoods in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and other cities.
It was barbarous ethnic cleansing, Palestinians shown no mercy, including
women and children, yet it was just the beginning, much more yet to come,
including new ethnic cleaning plans.
Old and New Master Plans
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) is an Israeli policy research
organization, its president Dore Gold, a notorious right-wing extremist,
hostile to democratic principles and Palestinian rights.
report is titled "Demography, Geopolitics, and the Future of Israel's
Capital: Jerusalem's Proposed Master Plan," explaining that on October 7,
2008, the District Planning and Construction Commission for the Jerusalem
region proposed one, approved by Mayor Nir Barkat, then revised "to create
and preserve a stable Jewish majority in the unified capital," assure the
city always stays unified, and follows Ben-Gurion's idea:
Jews to eastern Jerusalem at any cost. We must settle tens of thousands of
Jews in a brief time. Jews will agree to settle in eastern Jerusalem even in
shacks. We cannot await the construction of orderly neighborhoods. The
essential thing is that Jews will be there."
In large numbers
they're displacing Palestinians, destroying their homes, seizing their land,
and fulfilling Ben-Gurion's dream to make Israel exclusively Jewish,
Jerusalem its capital.
The city's 1968 Master Plan recommended
accelerated Jewish population growth. In 1973, Prime Minister Golda Meir
planned to increase it by 3.7% by 1982. Various other plans followed.
Master Plan 2000 aimed to preserve a Jewish majority, its planners
apprehensive about Arab population growth. As a result, they proposed
"intervention tools" to counter it by:
"a sufficient supply of
housing by building new neighborhoods and reinforcing and increasing the
density of veteran Jewish (ones), as well as adding places of employment and
services on a quantitative and qualitative basis."
The June 2009
Arbel Report proposed annexing part of Ramat Rahel, located on a hilltop
halfway between Jerusalem's Old City and Bethlehem, to accommodate a
growing Jewish population.
A July 2009 Master Plan for
Transportation in Jerusalem revealed 13,300 newly approved housing units and
another 15,000 at other stages of planning, suggesting an urgency to
complete them and add more based on population growth forecasts.
Planned land seizures weren't mentioned. However, Jerusalem's Master
Plan 2000 said the following:
"The most severe problem in eastern
Jerusalem is the absence of a system to resolve land ownership. This
problem, in combination with a deliberate policy by both nationalist and
criminal elements, has led to a huge volume of illegal construction (without
required permits) on lands that were intended for public purposes and a
takeover of privately owned lands....In order to solve the problem, a
special judicial system should be established in the municipality to
regulate the registration of land ownership" to assure Jews are
Jerusalem Master Plan 2010
28, Haaretz writers Akiva Eldar and Nir Hasson headlined, "Jerusalem master
plan: Expansion of Jewish enclaves across the city," saying it calls for
expanding Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, "a move largely based on
construction on privately owned Arab property," meaning Palestinians will be
removed to accommodate them.
On July 10, Haaretz writer Don
Futterman headlined, "The Jerusalem Master Plan for destruction," saying it
plans "to relocate as many Arabs as possible to the margins of the municipal
boundaries; to promote overcrowding (in their areas) in the hope (they) will
leave the city of their own accord," develop their own neighborhoods,
encouraged by "accelerate(d) evictions and house demolitions."
plan plays into both the settler-led campaign to (de-Arabize) the Old City,
and the government's efforts to make sure Jerusalem will never be the
capital of a Palestinian state...." Will it work? Before he died, Edward
Said said the following:
"There is no way for Israel to get rid of
Palestinians. (They) shar(e) the land that has thrust (them) together (and
must do it jointly) in a truly democratic way, with equal rights for (all)
citizen(s)," Jews, Arabs, Christians, and others. No master plan will
Yet Israel's new one includes accelerated home
demolitions and land seizures, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein telling the
High Court that the government plans to apply the 1950 Absentees' Property
Law (ABL), authorizing the state to seize abandoned properties. At risk are
thousands of acres worth billions of dollars, land legally held by Arabs.
Haaretz writer Akiva Eldar said:
"The state intends to assume
control over properties of people who moved to 'enemy states' during the War
of Independence (now refugees denied the right of return), as well as
structures in East Jerusalem," belonging to West Bank and Gaza residents.
They'll be used for new Jewish developments besides others underway or
planned, sparking protests met with attacks and arrests, a recent Silwan one
assaulted with live fire, tear gas, and percussion grenades. One Palestinian
lost an eye. A woman miscarriaged from tear gas, another also after her home
Five Palestinians were arrested, including a 12-year
old child. Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of al-Mubadara
Palestinian National Initiative, accused Israel of attempting to Judaize
East Jerusalem with "bulldozers, the expansion of the settlement units,
(and) changing the demographic composition of the city to favor" Jews over
Arabs, the final plan to make Jerusalem exclusively Jewish by any means.
Israel acts ruthlessly, does what it pleases with no regard for the
law, internal or external pressure, or the rights and needs of indigenous
Palestinians, being systematically removed for Jewish expansion, a
Palestinian official saying it's to "decapitate" East Jerusalem's Arab
identity by building thousands of Jewish-only apartments and homes on
They're being squeezed into narrower spaces,
currently confined to about 13% of the city, the rest seized since 1967 when
East Jerusalem was occupied. Palestinian Authority (PA) official Ghassan Al-Khatib
called it "more than a provocation. It is actually a decapitation of the
peace process. (It won't) withstand the reported plan to expand Jewish
settlements in Jerusalem." Others say it's a prescription for resistance and
violence. A recently released blueprint calling for expanding Jewish
neighborhoods on privately owned Palestinian land assures it, especially if
as widespread as envisioned to Judaize the entire city.
On July 20,
the International Middle East Media Center's Brian Ennis headlined,
"Palestinians in East Jerusalem Feeling Abandoned," given the "specter of
more housing demolition and (Judaization) of East Jerusalem," the
international community doing nothing to prevent it, or help Israeli Arabs -
Israel's Blacks and Latinos, lawlessly persecuted, shamelessly denied their
Targeting Israeli Arabs
On July 20, London Observer
writer Harriet Sherwood headlined, "Jaffa's Arab haven of coexistence
resists influx of Israeli hardliners," saying:
neighborhood, south of Tel-Aviv, has seen "every stone and blade of grass"
bitterly contested, now "the centre of a struggle that touches on social,
religious, nationalist, economic and legal questions and which - whatever
the outcome - will inevitably result in further strife."
recently, it was one of Israel's few areas where Jews and Muslims coexisted
for decades, though never easily. However, destabilization and strife
threatens to erupt if a 20-apartment development is approved, an Israeli
High Court ruling imminent, the result of a case brought by the Association
for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), claiming it discriminates against Arabs
and non-religious Jews in favor of Zionist extremists demanding it go ahead
to create "a religious community free from non-Jewish and secular
influences," their own exclusive gated community.
Historian Sami Abu
Shehadeh said if they succeed, "the (neighborhood) will be polarized.
(People who) say Jaffa is a model of coexistence will be silenced."
Judaization will assure it and encourage more in Israel, the West Bank and
He called the whole neighborhood "a construction
site. We - the Arabs - are being forced out again, but we have nowhere else
to go." Building permits aren't granted, and locals say 500 families have
been issued eviction or demolition orders. Others got huge fines. The entire
Arab population faces an uncertain future, like other Israeli Arabs, not
wanted, denied their rights, and being systematically pressured to make way
Another way is a proposed measure requiring they pledge
loyalty to a "Jewish and Democratic state," mainly Palestinian men and women
who marry Israeli citizens (an estimated 25,000), then seek citizenship on
the basis of family reunification, the latter already denied without
Interior Ministry approval, for most impossible to get.
On July 19,
Jerusalem Post writer Herb Keinon said the measure hadn't yet passed,
contrary to other accounts. He called it a way to "deter Palestinians from
asking for citizenship." The government said it's only for "illegal
residents," not Israeli Arabs, but if extremist Yisrael Beitneinu party
officials prevail, including David Rotem, Chairman of the Knesset
Constitution and Avigdor Lieberman, Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime
Minister, all Israeli Arabs will have to pledge loyalty to a "Jewish,
Zionist, and democratic State," its emblems and values, and perform military
or equivalent service as a condition for a national ID card signifying
citizenship and right to stay in the country legally.
Palestinians and Israeli Arabs have reason to worry, Haaretz writer
Amira Hass providing more evidence in her July 21 article headlined, "IDF
destroys West Bank village after declaring it a military zone," saying:
The army demolished an entire Jordan Valley village after declaring it
within a closed military zone, 55 structures and 120 farmers, workers, and
their families left without homes in Farasiya. Earlier the Civil
Administration cut off their water, and before that the military destroyed a
distribution pipe from a nearby stream, what residents built for irrigation.
Last year, they were prohibited from connecting to wells belonging to
Mekorot, Israel's National Water Company, forcing them to use saltwater for
their livestock and buy expensive private water for themselves, what most
B'Tselem photographer Atef Abu, arriving hours after
the demolition, said "mattresses, pipes and broken furniture were lying on
the ground in the debris."
On July 18, 10 Bardala village families
(north of Farasiya) also got demolition orders, a farmer with 300 sheep
"told to leave in 24 hours or his herd would be confiscated."
Israel and throughout the Territories, millions of Palestinians are
endangered, their lives and livelihoods threatened by Israel's longstanding
plan to Judaize all "Eretz Yisrael," no matter that indigenous Arabs lived
there for centuries and have legal right to their homes and property.
No wonder Haaretz writer Gideon Levy sees Israel "sinking into a strident,
nationalistic atmosphere and darkness is beginning to cover everything,
(evidenced by) jingoism, ruthlessness and vengeance, (its extremist voices)
now expressing its heart," Palestinians feeling the affects, collectively
punished for being Muslims under Jewish domination - racist, lawless and
merciless, for Levy, a "sign of how we have lost our senses and humanity,"
for historians, a prescription for self-destruction.
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