Actually, no, they can’t. The truth about where Arabs and Jews can live and build in East and West Jerusalem.

For Hebrew version of this post see here, לגרסה עברית ראו כאן

One argument for Jewish settlement of East Jerusalem that I hear quite often is based on a principle of civil rights: Jews should be able to build their homes in East Jerusalem because Palestinians are able to build theirs in West Jerusalem. To reserve East Jerusalem solely for its Arab residents would be discriminatory against Jews, right? Actually, wrong.

Take a look for instance, how my mayor, Barkat, is trying to sell this excuse, when the anchor made some homework:
www.bit.ly/cryUfM

Before I explain, let me say that even if it was true that Palestinians could buy properties in West Jerusalem, still, it would be against the Israeli interest to continue to settle in East Jerusalem. In order to get to a two states solution we will have to compromise in Jerusalem so that the Israeli neighborhoods will be part of Israel’s capital, and the Palestinian neighborhoods will be part of the Palestinian capital. If we continue the construction for Israelis in East Jerusalem – we might end up without a possibility to make a compromise in Jerusalem, and that would lead to a bi-national state.

The truth is that West Jerusalem is not automatically opened to Palestinian ownership. Why?
A. East Jerusalem’s Arab residents are not citizens of Israel. They are permanent residents of Israel, has the right to live, work, pay taxes and receive services from the State of Israel, and even to vote for the Jerusalem municipality, but they cannot vote for the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) and do not hold Israeli passports.

B. Most of the Lands in West Jerusalem and in Israel are “State Land” and are administered by the Israel Land Authority (the ILA).

C. According to the official procedures of the ILA, until about tow years ago anyone who wanted to buy or lease land from the state had to be either a citizen of Israel or must to be entitled to citizenship under the Law of Return, which allows Jews who were not born in Israel to obtain Israeli citizenship. East Jerusalem’s Arab residents do not fall into either category. The ILA recently changed this procedure and now, according to the new decision of the ILA council Palestinian residents of  Jerusalem can officially buy lands or homes from the state.

In the standard agreement of the Israel Land Authority, when one buys land from the state (which is actually a long term leasing agreement), article 19A(3) says that if the buyer is not one of the above the agreement is annulled, unless the buyer obtained an authorization in advance and in writing from the chair of the Israel Land Council.
The instructions of the director of the ILA from 12/1/09, specifies the special procedures for selling/leasing to foreigners. A special committee must confirm it, and the chair of the Israel Land Council should authorize it.

So, who can buy houses and lands in West Jerusalem? Jews and Israeli citizens, and only recently also East Jerusalem Palestinians. It is true that 20% of the Israeli citizens are Arab, and they can buy properties in any place in Israel. But this is not a privilege but a basic right of every citizen no matter what his ethnic background.

For more bogus excuses see here

9 Responses to Actually, no, they can’t. The truth about where Arabs and Jews can live and build in East and West Jerusalem.

  1. judith green says:

    Not to mention discrimination in renting in West Jerusalem. Most Palestinian students remain in the dorms, as there are few landlords who will rent to them, citizens or not, or will allow Jewish students to take them as roommates.

  2. LaughingAllTheWayToTheWestBank says:

    Your “argument” works as follows:

    “A. East Jerusalem’s Arab residents are not citizens of Israel.”

    In 1967 the left-wing Islamonazis/Soviet Union lost their genocidal jihad war for racial purity against the Jews living in Israel. In the aftermath of the left-wing genocidal jihad war for racial purity, Israel’s socialist government decided to treat the islamonazi enemy kindly and offered the islamonazis who occupy Jerusalem citizenship.

    The left-wing Islamonazis made a decision to reject that kindness.

    The enemy said “No, we don’t want citizenship.”

    Sole responsibility for the consequences of that choice lie with islamonazis who made it. They want to continue war? Great, itbach al Yahud as the liberals say. But Islamonazis have no right to impose their left-wing genocidal racial purity rules on the municipality.

    Left-wing islamonazis are not little children who have to have their diaper changed when they shit themselves. They are in fact grown adults – who can make their own decisions and are solely responsible for the consequences of their actions.

    “B. Most of the Lands in West Jerusalem and in Israel are “State Land” and are administered by the Israel Land Authority (the ILA).”

    Beside the point – the Shepard’s Hotel and most of the land’s in East Jerusalem are private. In “West Jerusalem” the deal is that when you lose a war sometimes the land escheats to the state. It would be great to rewrite history where there was no war for racial purity against the Jews living in Palestine in 1948, and there was no genocidal left-wing jihad war for racial purity against the Jews living in Israel in 1967. Heck, I even wish that there weren’t thousands of suicide bombers trying to kill Jewish children in “West Jerusalem” in the 1990’s and 2000’s. (itbach al Yahud as the liberals say)

    But there were – and history flows as a result. Jihad monkey talked tough – jihad monkey took the consequences.😀 Now the jihad monkeys want everyone to act as if: (i.) the jihad monkeys won; or (ii.) the jihad monkeys had never engaged in a left-wing islamonazi war for racial purity against the Jews.

    C. According to the official procedures of the ILA, anyone who wants to buy or lease land . . .

    In historically Jewish transjordan selling land to Jews is punishable by death. The racial purity laws of Saudi Arabia make even being a Kuffar punishable by death. Given the subhuman, genocidal left-wing enemies that Jerusalem faces, it makes sense to limit ownership to citizens or loyal individuals.

    Now let’s turn to your basic problem

    “Before I explain, let me say that even if it was true that Palestinians could buy properties in West Jerusalem, still, it would be against the Israeli interest to continue to settle in East Jerusalem.”

    I understand you are a committed Marxist – Itbach al Yahud, as they say at left wing rallies, Itbach al Yahud my friend – and I wish you the best of luck in establishing your socialist utopia. But not everything is a “state interest”. Mr. Moskowitz, who owns the property in question at Sheikh Jarrah is not a subject of the state: he is not a parasite welfare queen or a automaton Obamaniac who lives his life for the state. The “State interest” has no say on the decision of non-Moslems to live in East Jerusalem.

    What’s this about? You basically think that the culturally, morally and religiously inferior islamonazis are unable to share Jerusalem? Fine, don’t move to East Jerusalem – itbach as Yahud, as the liberals say. Itbach al Yahud. But private actors should not be subject to your racial purity rules – your left wing itbach al Yahud.

  3. LaughingAllTheWayToTheWestBank says:

    Clarification – I did not mean to insult Monkeys in the above post.

    Monkeys are proud, worthy animals who are doing what god intended them to do.

    By contrast the left-wing islamonazis have surrendered their humanity.

  4. […] statues is residents, rather than citizens of Israel. You can read a full explanation for this here, and see an extremely well-prepared Sky interviewer pushing Mayor Barkat on this issue in this […]

  5. Dan says:

    Hagit, thanks for the article – useful information, balanced, rational, and based in law. This is the first time I visit your blog but will definitely be a regular visitor, I’ve got great respect for the work Peace Now does.

    To the above commenter, you’re doing a great job of emphasizing exactly how bad the situation is. Subhuman? racial purity? Good luck with all that…

  6. LaughingAllTheWayToTheWestBank says:

    Racial purity is the rallying cry of the Islamonazi left! What do you think the Hitlerian anti-Jewish demonstrations are at Sheikh Jarrah every shuk day? The left-wing Islamonazi desire that East Jerusalem remain racially pure of Jews.

    Itbach al Yahud, Dan. Itbach al Yahud🙂🙂 !!!!

  7. […] says that Palestinians can build and live anywhere they like in Jerusalem. This is simply not true, West Jerusalem is effectively closed to […]

  8. […] says that Palestinians can build and live anywhere they like in Jerusalem. This is simply not true, West Jerusalem is effectively closed to […]

  9. Eli says:

    As usual, this post is flagrantly one-sided and leaves out important information. The facts that it does detail are very much presented in a biased manner.

    For example:

    (A)East Jerusalem residents are not citizens of Israel BY THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL CHOICE. Israel has granted them the option to become citizens at ANY TIME THEY WANT. If they do not becomes citizens it is by their own individual choice.

    (B)The fact that many apartments in West Jerusalem are State land, while true, is a complete legal fiction and makes no difference whatsoever. anyone can buy and rent without any input or interaction from the State whatsoever. The whole construct is an outdated legal artefact that no one pays any attention to. This blog post completely distorts actual reality.

    (C) As I said above, anyone can buy and rent without any input or interaction from the State whatsoever. Ask any foreign journalist that lives in Jerusalem – have they ever had to ask the State for permission to live in Jerusalem? Ask any expatriate (Jerusalem is full of them) – have any of them ever had any problems renting an apartment.

    In sum, this hate-filled blog post is biased and grossly distorted. I hope anyone reading it takes the time to find out the real facts.

    Eli

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