SUPPLEMENT TO THE INTERIM REPORT OF THE COMMISSION'S
LAND EXPERT ON THE IDENTIFICATION AND VALUATION OF
ARAB REFUGEE IMMOVABLE PROPERTY HOLDINGS IN ISRAEL
2. In the same supplement in Section II was described the process of creating an index of owners' names and the calculation of each owner's share in jointly owned properties. This work has been authorized by the Commission following the adoption of General Assembly Resolution 1725 (XVI) dated 20 December 1961.
3. Following the adoption of General Assembly Resolution 1856 (XVII) on 20 December 1962 the Commission at the 353rd meeting on 9 January 1963 authorized the completion of the index of owners and requested the Secretary-General to provide the necessary staff and facilities to enable the task to be completed by the eighteens General Assembly.
4. This report forms a second and final supplement ot the Interim Report (A/AC.25/W 63) and should be read in conjunction therewith.
6. There now exists as part of the records of the Commission's Technical Office a card index which covers every parcel of property in the territory which is now Israel and which was in the ownership of Arabs on 15 May 1948.
7. The index is arranged in alphabetical order of owners' names and a card has been prepared for each owner indicating:-
b. The area of the parcel
c. The Tax Category of the land in Rural area and in the case of Urban areas whether the property comprises a building or is a vacant site.
d. The owner's share in the property.
e. The value of the whole parcel and the value of the owner's share.
9. It will be apparent that the card index which has been created makes it possible to ascertain at short notice, for any particular individual, the essential particulars of his property provided only that he is able to state the localities in which the property is situated.
10. The limitations referred to in the Interim Report (A/AC.25/W 63) are reflected in the index. For example, in the case of Ramle Urban Area where the tax records have not been found and in consequence only an overall estimate of values has been possible, the card index does not show the individual value of the parcel. Again, in the case of non-settled land, the names recorded are reputed owners and taxpayers and may not include all the owners of any particular parcel.
11. Nevertheless, the limitations do not detract from the value of the index as it is to be expected that any particular refugee would know the names of his co-owners and the index would readily permit an easy reference to the property concerned.
12. Statistical tables are on course of preparation and will be completed by 31 December 1963. These tables will summarize for each village all the relevant data for each village and urban areas and will provide a convenient form of reference to enable statistical evidence to be extracted for any purpose for which it may be desired.
14. In accordance with this authorization arrangements were made with the Communications, Archives and Records Service of the United Nations to carry out this work internally.
15. This work has now been completed and two microfilm copies have been made of each basic form (RP/1).
16. The completion of this work not only provides a safeguard against accidental loss or damage of the basic forms but will also permit the storage of the large number of manuscript documents while at the same time affording easy reference to any desired form.
18. There remains the possibility that further documentary evidence may be forthcoming in the future which may require modification of the results and which in any case will supplement the existing evidence.
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