Whose Land? Land Tenure in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Palestine

  title={Whose Land? Land Tenure in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Palestine},
  author={Lorenzo Kamel},
  journal={British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies},
  pages={230 - 242}
  • Lorenzo Kamel
  • Published 3 April 2014
  • History
  • British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
The present article aims to uncover the different meanings attached to land ownership in Palestine during the late Ottoman and British Mandate eras and to show how a ‘modern’ understanding of ownership was imposed on the local population, particularly the fellahin (peasants), without a consideration of their needs and traditions. Many widespread claims are challenged, first and foremost the one according to which, at the time of the partition of Palestine (1947), ‘over 70 percent’ of it did not… 
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    000 dūnum of land was purchased in the area
    • 1910
    The whole aspect of the valley has been changed
    • When I [Samuel] first saw it [Jezreel Valley] in 1920 it was a desolation
    Despite the fact that, as Doumani highlights, 'the emergence of a market in land and the rise of an urban-based large landowning class were
      the purchase and sale of nominally miri, or state land was taking place as early as the late 1830s
        Granott, then director of the KKL, wrote that 'above all, the soil of Palestine awaits its redemption'. A. Granott, Land Problems in Palestine
        • Geulat Ha-Aretz (the redemption of Palestinian land) was the expression commonly used by the employees of the KKL
        • 1926
        The others are the coastal plain of Rafah and Mount Carmel (which includes the Plain of Sharon in the northern portion), the Plain of Saint John of Acre (north of Haifa), the Valley of Hula