West Bank land transforms from Palestinian field into Jewish settlement via ‘deal’ in California.
By Matti Friedman - BURQA, West Bank
The transformation of a piece of West Bank land from a Palestinian field into a Jewish settlement has roots in an unlikely place — Orange County, Calif. — and in a document that a man supposedly signed more than four decades after the date of his death.
Unfolding from the West Bank's terraced olive groves to a strip mall in a Los Angeles suburb, the story of this posthumous deal offers a rare glimpse into the underworld of straw companies and middlemen through which chunks of land move from Palestinian to Israeli hands. Each transaction further complicates an Israeli withdrawal that would be key to any peace agreement.
The land now houses a thriving Jewish settlement, another of the "facts on the ground" that strengthen Israel's gr
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