The area in dispute
The area in disputeCourtesy of Ad Kan

The "Ad Kan" organization has revealed that in the last four years, hundreds of architects, land planners and officials from the Palestinian Authority are being funded by the European Union and World Bank to create a new land registry and accounting of the entire Judea and Samaria region with complete disregard of past land holding and ownership. It ignores purchases made by Jews, and overlooks prior Israeli and Jordanian land registries that are Under the control of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria. The Israeli Civil Administration was established by the government of Israel in tandem with the Palestinian Arabs in 1981, to carry out practical bureaucratic functions within Judea and Samaria.

With tremendous financial backing from the UN, the European Union, the World Bank, and a host of other entities the Palestinian Authority is creating a de-facto Palestinian State with falsified documents and land registries. They understand the importance of having the ability to have documents and seem official in the face of the international community and world media and realize that the spurious validity of their documents is not of much interest to anyone.

This campaign by the Palestinian Authority is being carried out in Area C, which according to the Oslo Accords belongs to the State of Israel. The aim is to change the reality of past agreements and create false facts on the ground.

Ad Kan’s research and intelligence departments are responsible for uncovering the Palestinian Authority’s activities. Through its work “Ad Kan” revealed the PLO plans to register Israeli land in areas C, their way of conducting operations and their sources of funding for this important project.

This land registry project is one of the arms in the Palestinian Arab efforts to create a state. The Palestinian Arab registry is important because it gives the Palestinian Authority the ability to plan construction and infrastructure projects on a very wide scale and it enables them to move forward in establishing government institutions and communities in their new on paper state.

Prior land registration and ownership of land in Judea and Samaria began during the period of the Ottoman British Jordanians and up until in 1968 when Israel stopped their land settlement initiatives. Following the Oslo accords, the land registry in Judea and Samaria was divided between the Palestinian Authority, which is responsible for areas A and B, and Israel, which is responsible for land registration in area C.

Because of the importance of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, about twenty years ago they established the "Palestinian Land Authority" started mapping and registering lands in Judea and Samaria with financing by the World Bank to the tune of at least 6 million dollars.

In 2016, the Palestinian Arabs wanted to enhance their efforts, and founded a new government division called the "Land and water Regulation Authority," to replace the former Palestinian Land Authority, that would be headed by Mohammed Sharaka. This wide-ranging government decision by the PLO was made in otfrt to begin official documentation of ownership of land in area C, which violates the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the Oslo agreements which the Palestinian Arabs themselves agreed to.

Following the government decision by the PLO, the Palestinian land ownership project was accelerated with additional funding of approximately 12.6 million dollars from the World Bank for activities in areas A and B, and 4.4 million dollars from the European Union for the treatment of areas C. These funds were designated to state building alongside the project of stealing land from the Israelis through falsified information.

According to Ad Kan, the United Nations also took part in this Palestinian Arab project. Through UNHABITAT, one of its funds for urban development, it financed the Palestinian land registry program program with large sums.

Furthermore, Ad Kan says that the Palestinian Authority received from the Turkish government the Ottoman Kushan archive, which contains valuable information of land ownership records from the period of the Ottoman Empire's rule in Israel. The Palestinian Arabs would use this Turkish documentation and say that it was documentation of Palestinian ownership. The stages in taking over the land were also revealed.

In the first stage, the director of the local area announces the issuance of a registration order in a certain area. After the date is set, the beginning of the procedure is announced to the residents of the area. Residents of the area begin submitting documents to prove their ownership of the land, and the administrator of the settlement prepares a list of ownership claims by street and plot.

In this process, they also map out areas and plots in places where there was no prior documentation. After the residents' ownership claims are checked, a record called a rights form is prepared and hung in the registration office belonging to that area. Residents are given a 30-day period in which they can appeal the registration of rights to the court. After discussing the objections, the administrator of the settlement issues a final registration of rights that is approved by a judge. The same registration is sent to the administrator, on the basis of which he prepares a final registration. A registration is sent to the various registration offices that issue ownership documents to the landowners after they pay the fees. The Palestinian Authority expects land registration to be completed in 2022.

The project is done through an official body that includes regional registration offices and about 580 employees who carry out mapping all over Judea and Samaria. Although the project is planned to be completed by the 2022, the funding for the project is allocated until the end of 2024. By the end of 2019, they managed to regulate the registration of the costs on about 53 percent of all the territories of Judea and Samaria, including Area C.

In order to overcome expected disturbances from the Israeli authorities, they work in the field on Saturdays and holidays and purchase aerial photographs of the land west of the separation fence in order to scan areas to which they have no access. Although the Palestinian Authority has received a warning and an order to stop the registration in Area C, they continue to perform their actions of land registration and mapping without interruption.

Gilad Ach, CEO of the Ad Kan organization: "The State of Israel is neglecting its responsibility to regulate the land registration and allows the PA to operate in Judea and Samaria unhindered as if it were the ruler in the area. This is being done without Israeli coordination and approval, in a way that allows te Palestinian Authority to take over and make Area C part of their future state. This reality is planting irreversible physical and legal facts on the ground. In addition, Israel is not acting to prevent the violation of its governance that is contrary to the Oslo agreements with the PA and allows them to continue operating without interference. Continuing registration in Area C must be prevented along with diplomatic activity to stop the funding coming from the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank."

"History will not forgive those who allow these parts of the Israel to be lost."

Ad Kanis a righist Israeli activist orgatnization. It is known for infiltrating anti-Israel activities of Israeli left wing organizations and exposing them, as well as other forms of protest against anti-Israel organizations.