The Forward has an interesting follow-up report on the Palestinian response to an Israeli database showing the extent to which settlements were built from seized Palestinian property. An Israeli anti-settlement NGO, Yesh Din, is offering free legal counsel to bring cases to court, but few Palestinians are taking them up on it. Their reasons are varied:
- They don't want to legitimize the courts of the "occupier"
- They don't trust why a Israeli organization would want to help them in the first place
- They are worried that they'll lose the case and thus legitimize the loss of their land
- They reject the premise of the database, which distinguishes between land seized from Palestinian owners and public or purchased land (Palestinians believe that all settlements are per se illegal)
- They doubt whether, even if they win, the judgment will actually be enforced.
Via Kung Fu Jew, who writes: "[T]here are two sides to the conflict: those who want more war, and those who want an end to violence."