Zirin Village Land Sales

Located in the Jenin sub-district of northern Palestine, these 20,000 dunams (5,000 acres) of land are sold by Arab owners to Jewish buyers. Before the land is transferred, there are 900 Arabs living in this village. The significance of the sale is not the size of the land area or number of Arab peasants in residence, but the collusive method of mortgage debt forfeiture and pre-scripted default by Arab owners and demand of sale requested by the British judge to fulfill the debt owed. Willing and active collusion on the part of Arab sellers and Jewish buyers is recorded by Arab officials working for the Palestine administration. This method of purchase was used dozens of times in the late 1920s and 1930s in other parts of Palestine, forcing thousands of Palestinian Arab workers to leave lands they had worked for decades previously. In most cases, vacated lands ultimately became Jewish settlements, or the newly purchased lands were swapped for more pressing Jewish strategic preferences. (source)