INTRODUCTION: The Israeli government says it will complete its settlement programme on the West Bank of the River Jordan by building six more outposts before the general elections to be held on June 30.
GV Mayor of Anapta addressing meeting (in Arabic).
GV Meeting of protesting landowners PAN TO Mayor standing and waving.
GV & SV Arabs hold up proofs of ownership PAN TO Felicia Langer (attorney) speaking. (3 SHOTS)
GV Soldiers ZOOM IN TO bulldozer.
GV Surveyors and bulldozer.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
LANGER: "The papers are proofs of ownership...they are paying taxes for this land. This land is not agisted land, not ... there is no (INDISTINCT) here but they are paying for ages taxes for these lands."
LANGER: "We are going to apply to the High Court of Justice tomorrow morning or tomorrow at noon as soon as we shall finish all these arrangements. But of course here the case, in my opinion, is a very clear one. The people are owning the land and possessing it factually and they are also cultivating all the lands. There are here olive trees 40 years old, and some of them even have Turkish deeds for taking these lands."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Israeli government says it will complete its settlement programme on the West Bank of the River Jordan by building six more outposts before the general elections to be held on June 30. Meanwhile, a group of landowners from the West Bank is taking the region's military governor to court to try to preserve their property. The 62 landowners, from an area south-west of Nablus, say the land is theirs and are fighting plans for its redevelopment.
SYNOPSIS: The land is under Israeli military control. When the authorities made known their plans to take it up for settlement and industrial development the Arab owners met to co-ordinate their opposition. As the Mayor of the town of Anapta addressed them they were in no mood to compromise. The meeting engaged two lawyers to argue the case in court. The men say they have documents to prove their case.
Lawyer Felicia Langer described the documents.
However while the landowners and lawyers argued their case heavy machinery already was altering the face of the land. Elsewhere only the intervention of local leaders had stopped the villagers taking matters into their own hands.