Land Issues:
Israeli, Palestinian and Bedouin

BACKGROUNDER: Land, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel

Following statements by PA Justice Minister Freih Abu Meddein and by Chairman Yasir Arafat that Palestinians found to have sold land to Jews will face the death penalty, at least 4 Palestinian land dealers said to have been involved in such sales were murdered.

The Wonders of Khirbet Humsa, A “Thrice-Demolished Village”

Where else does demolition of 15 makeshift structures (according to the Israeli authorities, seven tents and eight goat pens) take on mythical proportions, amounting to the destruction of an entire village, then metastasizing into the destruction of villages (in plural), and finally culminating in the "burning" of multiple villages?

Foreign Policy Op-Ed : Convicted Palestinian Terrorists Are ‘Political Prisoners’

Foreign Policy gives a pass to to Salem Barahmeh of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy to whitewash convicted Palestinian terrorists who carried out lethal attacks against Israelis as "political prisoners." Separately, the publication revises Barahmeh's unfounded reference to the displacement of "entire Palestinian communities," enabled by the Trump administration.

CBS Falsely Alleges Demolition of Palestinian ‘Village’

CBS's false depiction of Israel's demolition of a handful of illegally tents and pens dangerously built in a long-established military firing zone as the destruction of an entire Palestinian village is one small step away from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's vitriolic "ethnic cleansing" charge.

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Wrong on Shelved Annexation Plan, Settlement Construction

CNN's Fareed Zakaria falsely cited Benjamin Netanyahu's shelved "promise of annexation of the West Bank." But the prime minister's plan involved only Israeli settlements and the Jordan Valley, some 30 percent of the West Bank, not the disputed territory in its entirety. And, contrary to Zakaria's slip, no "new settlements" have been approved.

Fox Errs on “Illegal” Occupation, Palestinian Land

Fox News wrongly refers to "Palestinian lands that the United Nations has deemed illegally occupied territory." While the UN considers settlements illegal, it has not deemed the occupation of disputed West Bank land illegal.

Disinformation Abounds in Vox Annexation Explainer With Brent Sasley

In a Vox explainer which begs explaining, Brent Sasley twists himself into a pickle over "creeping annexation" versus "substantive change." Interviewer Jen Kirby stumbles on the "return" of West Bank land to Palestinians and the duo erase Palestinian Authority control in the West Bank Areas A and B.