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Palestine Land Ownership Map 1944

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Palestine Land Ownership Map 1944

This map, prepared by the UN "Subcommittee on the Palestine Question" purports to show that Arabs owned most of the land in Mandatory Palestine. Arab landownership is deliberately exaggerated by dividing the land into "Jewish" and "non-Jewish" ownership. However, the land included under "non-Jewish ownership includes government lands. For example, the map shows that "Jews" owned less than 1% of the land in the Beersheba district. In fact, nearly all the land in the Beersheba district was government owned land that belonged to the British mandate, and should have been made available for Jewish ownership under article 6 of the League of Nations mandate. In any case, "Arabs" did not own this land. From the map, we can also learn that the eventual outlines of "Green Line" Israel (borders of 1949 armistice) closely followed the pattern of Jewish land ownership. In the West Bank, Jews owned less than 1% of the land, and in Gaza about 4%. Small areas of land abandoned in 1948 were recaptured in the 1967 Six day war. See also The Land Question in Palestine

 

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