The Israel military commander of Judea and Samaria has petitioned the High Court to reverse a decision by a military appeals court which says a Jew who spent ten years cultivating land owned by a Palestinian was legally entitled to keep the land. The land in question has been occupied and cultivated for ten years by the Land of Israel Seminary and it attempted to register the land under what is termed, “first registration” but was turned down on ground it could not prove it obtained the land through a legal transaction with a Palestinian. The group then turned to a military appeals court which granted ownership on grounds it had cultivated the land for ten years.
The IDF is doing what any honest and fair nation would do, protect land rights of the owner. Under the British Mandate, much land was never officially registered even though people had lived on plots for hundreds of years. Palestinians who left in 1948 have encountered difficulty getting back their land and restrictions such as those imposed by military courts violate human rights.
One can only ask if it is OK for Jewish groups to take over land owned by Jews?