chapter  4
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The land conflict in Mandate Palestine expressed the many-faceted aspects of the place. The literature about land in Palestine is vast, and only a few references are used here to illustrate the key points. Anthropologists have shown how property registration on paper insufficiently describes the human-land relationship, where the spirits of the dead may make a different claim to the landscape. The role of land for religious and secular peoples is poignant.2 Land is a commodity, a natural reserve of ‘irreplaceable value’, with competing interests for food production and accommodation space.3