A little known legal political and cultural battle, with all the key ingredients of plunder is going on around the "Palace of King David" an archeological site right within the Palestinian part of East Jerusalem. The archeological park of King David, visited last year by roughly 300.000 turists, is part of a systematic effort, carried on with the money of the U.S. millionaire Irwin Moskowitz, and with the help of the new right wing major of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, to re-conquer after 3000 years that part of Al Quds. The city of Jerusalem has provided the legal justification by starting a program to demolish 88 Palestinian homes, built on palestinian land, deemed illegal because built without an administrative permission (unavailable anyway). Meanwhile Elad, a jewish immovable company, is systematically buying homes from impoverished palestinians of the area, eager to relocate because of the exceptional security measures around the site, making ife highly unbereable. A discussed archeologist, Eliat Mazar, accused by fellow Israeli archeologists of the Hebrew University to violate ethical standards by selective use of research results, asserts that there is no doubt that King David's palace was located in the area.
The "legal" plunder is not limited to that area. The Israeli Supreme Court has decided that the nearby Sheikh Jarrah area used to belong to jewish people before the birth of Israel, and therefore homes belonging for fifty years to palestinians (such as the Kurd family) have to be destroyed (which actually happened yesterday despite to protests of many Israeli and international activists) . Of course, such thorough search of original title, which forgets the doctrine of "adeverse posession", is not carried on when it comes to homes lost by Palestinians under the Absentee Property Law.