14 You shall not move your countryman’s landmarks, set up by previous generations, in the property that will be allotted to you in the land that Hashem your God is giving you to possess.
LO ta-SEEG g’-VUL ray-a-KHA a-SHER ga-v’-LU ri-sho-NEEM b’-na-kha-la-t’-KHA a-SHER tin-KHAL ba-A-retz a-SHER a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha no-TAYN l’-KHA l’-rish-TAH
יד לֹא תַסִּיג גְּבוּל רֵעֲךָ אֲשֶׁר גָּבְלוּ רִאשֹׁנִים בְּנַחֲלָתְךָ אֲשֶׁר תִּנְחַל בָּאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ לְרִשְׁתָּהּ׃
19:14 You shall not move your countryman’s landmarks
In this verse, the Torah prohibits moving the borders of one’s property in order to secretly and illegitimately incorporate some of his neighbor’s land into his own. Hashem gave Eretz Yisrael to the Israelites, and He expects them to live in it fairly and justly, without taking even one inch of land that does not belong to them. It is therefore particularly painful today to see those who deny the Bible accuse the Jewish people of “occupation,” and of stealing someone else’s land. Over and over, the Tanakh establishes the deep connection between the Jewish People and Eretz Yisrael, yet this fundamental fact has been attacked in recent years with increasing hostility. It is incumbent upon students of the Bible to point to verses such as this as evidence of the fairness and honesty that underpins the historic relationship between the People of Israel and the Land of Israel.