"Absentees" were declared no longer owners of property rightfully theirs.
In July 1950, The Development Authority (Transfer of Property) Law was enacted. It shielded Israel from accusations of having confiscated abandoned Palestinian land and possessions on it.
The Development Authority (DA) was established. It's an independent body. It's authorized to buy, sell, lease, exchange, repair, build, develop and/or cultivate seized property.
Henceforth, only transactions between Jews or Jewish entities were allowed. "Under no circumstances should (expelled) Arabs return to Israel."
In July 1960, Israel Lands Administration Law established an "Israel Lands Administration (ILA)."
Israel's Basic Law affirms that "ownership of Israel Lands, being the lands in Israel of the State, the Development Authority or the Keren Kayemet Le-Israel (KKL - Jewish National Fund, JNF), shall not be transferred either by sale or in any other manner."
Lands are defined as "land, houses, buildings and anything permanently fixed to land."
At issue is privately owned Palestinian land. Israel claims it's no longer theirs. It's expropriated solely for Jews. Haaretz quoted Israeli activist Dror Etkes, saying:
"Once again we face an Israeli policy that takes advantage of every opportunity and every pseudo-security excuse to continue exploiting and banishing Palestinian residents of the West Bank from their lands, in order to transfer (their lands) to settlers."
"It is important to remember that this is not a case of pogroms by wild settlers, and not of private piracy by the army."
"It is an intentional grab policy, with significant amounts of state funds being funneled in for that, though done so clandestinely and behind the border fence, and the people who live in the community don't have access to the lands on the other side."
New Year's day brought no relief. Palestinian suffering continues. Netanyahu promises harsher repression. Post-January 22 elections, he's favored to remain prime minister. His likely coalition government promises harsher than ever hardline policies.
A Final Comment
Haaretz contributor Gideon Levy calls Israel's likely next government "a dangerous experiment."