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For one Palestinian, no money can compensate for lost land

A Palestinian man is celebrating his victory in Israel's Supreme Court after a three-decade battle for land he still can't use — and won't sell.
Israeli border policeman remove Palestinian flags during a demonstration by Palestinians marking Land Day and against Jewish settlements in Wadi Foukeen near the West Bank city of Bethlehem March 30, 2015. Palestinians mark Land Day on March 30, the annual commemoration of protests in 1976 against Israel's appropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee.  REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma - RTR4VGRL

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Al-Hage Abdul Rahman al-Qassem stood near the land he owns on the outskirts of the Beit El Israeli settlement, which was built on Palestinian land in northern Ramallah. He distributed sweets to passers-by, celebrating the ruling of the Supreme Court of Israel against the illegal construction there.

Qassem had been engaged in a six-year legal battle with the settlers who constructed two residential buildings on his land. On July 16, he won a ruling for the demolition of the buildings.

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