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Israeli court considers landmark property law cases

26 May 2013 Last updated at 08:31 BST

As international diplomacy continues to try to revive direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel's Supreme Court has begun considering the controversial subject of the absentee property law.

Historically it was used by the state to take over property belonging to Palestinians who fled or were displaced in the 1948 war.

But in recent years it has been used to take homes and land in East Jerusalem belonging to Palestinians who live just short distances away in the West Bank.

Yolanda Knell reports.