The Israeli Cabinet has abolished a 12-year-old law forbidding Israeli citizens to buy land in the occupied West Bank of Jordan and Gaza Strip.
GV: Settlement Maale Adumin B.
MV: Settlers' car with belongings arrives.
MV: Workmen connecting sewage pipe
CU: Settler unpacking possessions
CU: Workman fixing gas pipe to exterior house
CU: Settler carrying belongings in house sweeps floor
CU: Drain layer working. (machine)
MV: Group of settlers unload lorry PAN TO prefabricated homes.
GV EXTERIOR: High court building Jerusalem
MV: Felicia Langer, Counsel for Arabs, arrives in court
CU: Coat of arms and Hebrew writing on Court exterior. (2 shots)
CU: Felicia Langer making statement in English.
GV: Cars arriving at Knesset
MV: Deputy P.M. Yadin's car arrives he gets out
CU: Israeli spokesman speaking in English
LANGER: "We shall now try to find out in Amman, in the books of Amman, another detail about the nature of the land, the arrest of the land, and we shall apply another times to the High Court of Justice."
NAOR: "There has been a situation where Jews were not allowed to buy land in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza district. We consider this is a non-relevant, a non-moral law, because once you prevent only Jews, being Jews, and only Israelis, being israeli citizens, from buying land, I think this is something we cannot even think about it in modern times."
REPORTER: "So does that mean that any Israeli can go in on his own behalf and buy land?"
NAOR: "Wherever he wants, including Hebron, as well as he can buy land in Washington, in New York and in London, and all over the world. Pardon me? Establishment of new settlements is another problem which can also be carried out without government approval. But to buy land you can buy land all over the world."
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Background: The Israeli Cabinet has abolished a 12-year-old law forbidding Israeli citizens to buy land in the occupied West Bank of Jordan and Gaza Strip. At the same time, Israeli settlers moved into disputed land at Maale Adumim B, just nine miles (15 kilometres) east Jerusalem.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli settlers moved in on Saturday (15 September). They brought their cars, their household possessions and building materials. By Sunday morning, they had built their houses, and this patch of bare land had become the village of Maale Adumim B.
Unpacking was their first task, followed by installation of gas and other basic facilities. Nineteen families moved in, all from the nationalist Gush Emunim movement. But as the Israelis settled in, local Arab landowners made bitter protests. They claimed the land had been seized illegally and that since it was inside the boundaries of a nearby Arab village it should be returned to the Arabs.
At Jerusalem's High Court on Sunday (6 September) the Arabs presented their case. Their lawyer was Felicia Langer, who claimed initial Israeli government at maale Adumim B had been illegal. The court did not agree, but attorney Langer said she would fight the decision.
Meanwhile, at the Knesset, the Israeli Cabinet was debating the whole issue of land purchase in the occupied West Bank. Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin was reported to have put forward a motion opposing new Israeli settlements on occupied land. However, his motion was defeated, and afterwards, government spokesman Arieh Naor explained the Israeli policy: