Gaza's land continues to be stolen
First the land was taken from it's owners by the Israelis, and now that the Israelis are gone, the Palestinain Authority doesn't want to give the stolen land back. Talk about Chutzpa. Israel seized Fatma Khalaf's farmland five years ago as a security buffer for a Jewish settlement. Now that the Israelis are gone from Gaza, she wants her 50 acres back. But the Palestinian Authority has different plans. It wants to build high-rise apartments, universities and new farms on the ruins of the Israeli settlements and says land expropriated by Israel will not automatically be returned to its owners. When her property was taken, Khalaf was building a house on it. She and her sons want to resume construction, open a seaside restaurant and cultivate the rest of the land. "We came out from Jews' (occupation) unscathed," Khalaf said. "Now, we won't let the Arabs take it." How does the PA justify it's thievery? Simple, the old socialist excuse of "Public Good". "We have a plan: that all the lands (appropriated) in Gaza be used for public good," Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said recently. Even before the Israeli pullout from Gaza earlier this month, he decreed that the government would take control of all lands and assets that Israel left behind. But that Bullshit won't fly! Many owners vow to fight. Khalaf, in her 60s, threatened to shoot any official who comes near her prime seaside plot: "No one can take our land again." Hell yeah!