Why should Israeli Jews be allowed to use documents from before 1948 to reclaim ownership of houses lived in by Palestinians for decades when there are thousands of Palestinian refugees with pre-1948 ownership documents who are not even allowed to visit their old homes?
Occupation is an ugly word. That is why people who support the idea of a Jewish state should use the term. Because, on this, Israel's 62nd independence day, the Occupation has to be identified for what it has become: Israel's worst enemy.
Last Saturday, as Sheikh Jarrah's orthodox Jews observed the Sabbath, an easy-going music teacher blinked his lazy blue eyes and said he intends to make a weekly walk until Israel's eviction orders are overturned.
Sheikh Jarrah -- an East Jerusalem neighborhood where Jewish settlers, backed by the Israeli courts, are gradually displacing Palestinian residents -- is "turning into a powder keg," says the former Speaker of the Knesset.
Israel is becoming an arena for unchecked action by extremist groups that acquire properties by questionable means, operate private police forces with State funding, and seek confrontation with the Palestinian population.