Land Acquisition Law (Actions and Compensation)

Land and Planning Rights

Today, approximately 93%of the land in Israel (excluding the OPT) is owned by the state and the JNF. Only 3-3.5% are owned by the Arab population, as compared to 48% in 1948.

The massive transfer of land located within the borders of the state on the eve of the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 was executed through two primary laws, the Land Acquisition Law (Actions and Compensation) and the Absentees' Property Law (1950).

Through the Land and Acquisition Law (Actions and Compensation), 1.2-1.3 million dunams of land were expropriated from the Arab population. These lands were confiscated from a total of 349 towns and villages, in addition to the "built-up areas" of about 68 villages, whose precise area was not included in the expropriation orders. 

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