Israel’s land theft is 70 years old

The Israeli parliament’s adoption of a new settlement law that effectively legalises the theft of Palestinian land for building additional Jewish settlements has, as usual, angered the Palestinians, the Arabs, the Europeans and others. The new law was promulgated with retroactive effect, meaning that settlements that had been built on occupied Palestinian land would also become legal. For those unfamiliar with the Palestinian-Israeli situation, this may appear as an unprecedented move by Israel, but the reality is that the colonisation of Palestinian land has been taking place for the past 70 years. So why this sudden outburst of outrage and anger?