Photo of the Day: Land Day

Land Day or Earth Day, whatever you want to call it,

the day invented to support the poor, poor Israeli Arabs driven off their land.

image Beduin, photo Palestinian, picture Arab house

The Palestinian narrative and PR churning rebranding machine,

will be ramping up sympathy today with strikes and protests.

Images like the one above will be projected in the media.

However, while there are Bedouins grabbing land in the north and south,

and around Jerusalem, Israel, and there are many poor living conditions.

I’m betting the following photos will not hit the air waves in honor of Land Day.

image Palestinian house, photo Arab building, picture Palestinian house

Along the roads through the Shomron, one can find plenty of illegal building.

Look for those black water storage tanks on top of a building.

If you are legal you are on the water grid,

if you are not so kosher, you build a storage water tank in case of water trouble.

image Palestinian houses, Arab village in Israel, picture for Land DAy

Beautiful housing,

image houses in West Bank, Palestinian in West Bank, Israelli oppression picture

and new Arab construction,

image Israelly oppression in West Bank, photo Palestinian houses, picture Palestinian land

with sprawling recently landscaped land, just does not fit the PA narrative.

We have dozens more photos of “poor Arab villages” that do not fit the “ethnic cleansing” narrative, but will save those for the next anti-Israel PR day.

About Real Jstreets

I lived in the United States, Canada and Australia before moving to Israel in the midst of the Second Lebanon War. For the last seven years, walking the streets of Jerusalem, the scenes I saw every day did not resemble the ones familiar in the Western media. Now I try to share those positive images with the world, what is really happening in Jerusalem, Israel, The Real Jerusalem Streets

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  • The New Antisemite

    Arab houses many times have additional water tanks because they don’t trust their local water system, for good reason. They do not invest in water pumps and do not have the water pressure that ‘Jewish’ houses do. It doesn’t mean they’re illegal.

    And what do “illegal” Palestinian houses mean, anyway? That the local muchtar didn’t approve of it? Are there any planning committees ? You want to build, you build. There, it’s legal.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      No, it’s not. All construction requires permits, not only in Israel, but everywhere else in the civilized world.

      • The New Antisemite

        We’re talking about the PA. I do not know what kind of bureaucracy building in the PA entails. Looking at the extensive and willy-nilly construction that is going on all around, I’d say none. If you know this to be wrong, I’d be glad to admit my errors.

        I don’t see the point of looking at “illegal” vs. “legal” Arab building in the PA areas. Every Jewish home is counted up as “illegal” anyway (and every Arab home is of course ‘legal’). So let’s compare apples to apples.

        • Jim from Iowa

          I’d rather compare brackets to brackets than apples to apples. Sorry, but it’s still March Madness here in America and I’m paying a lot more attention to college basketball than to Palestinian land rights. Maybe if they had a mascot who could dunk a basketball after jumping off a trampoline…

        • JMF

          Sorry, you are, at best, less than half right.

          The discussion can be divided into 3 parts. 1. Israel, inside the 1949 armistice line. 2. Area C. 3. Areas B and A.

          1. In Israel, inside the 1949 armistice line (which is NOT a border, because the Arabs refused to accept it as a border), the same building permits are required for Jew, Muslim, Christian and Atheist. European Muslims like the Circassians are required to get the same building permits as Syrian Jews. So, if Muslims build without permits, they are building illegally.

          2. Area C is under full Israeli civil and security control. Therefore, Israeli rules apply. You want to build, you get permits, just like insdie the 1949 armistice line, except that Jews (not members of other religions) require an extra permit from the military authorities.

          3. Area B is under Palestinian civil control and joint Israeli-Palestinian security control. Area A is under full Palestinian and security control. In both, Palestinian rules apply. Selling land to Jews (NOT Israelis, Jews) is a criminal offense carrying the death penalty. (Sounds like Apartheid to me.) I have no idea what permits are required for building in Areas a and B.

          Most of the pictures of houses in the article were of houses inside the 1949 armistice line, where Israeli rules apply and, if the builders did not get permits, they were built illegally. Israel therefore has the same right to tear them down as the Americans would to tear down a house built in central Park in New York, or the British to tear down a house built in Hyde Park, London.

          • Guest

            If we’re talking about Israeli houses (ie, not West Bank), I’d definitely agree with you (though still, I think that water tanks do not prove or disprove legality).

            But the original article says: “Along the roads through the Shomron, one can find plenty of illegal building.”

            I know the area, and I know most of these houses are in area A&B.

            As for your division, #1 also includes area annexed by Israel (greater Jerusalem area, Golan).

          • Real Jstreets

            But Israel would not tear them down if built by Arabs, but would if built by Jews… I have photo of road that goes around tiny house, that is in question of land ownership..Arab house, if it was Jewish it would major highway now. Jewish illegal building is torn down on regular basis, but it does not get headlines.

        • Norman_In_New_York

          Land Day is about Israel within the armistice lines, not about PA controlled areas.

          • The New Antisemite

            Which does not prevent non-Israeli Arabs from joining in on the fun.

            But that’s a good point.

          • Real Jstreets

            Land Day is about Israel. Full stop.

      • Real Jstreets

        Building permits are required in places in the world where there are laws and legal systems and quality standards!

    • Real Jstreets

      So Arabs can build whereever and when they want, and Jews cannot add a porch?

  • Hard Little Machine

    What good do water tanks do when the Arabs blame the Jews for controlling the weather?

    • Jim from Iowa

      Silly Arabs. Everyone knows it’s the gays. Look at Sam Champion.

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