• Home
  • Politics
  • Palestinian Authority edict: Selling property to Israelis an act of ‘high treason’ – Arab-Israeli Conflict
Politics

Palestinian Authority edict: Selling property to Israelis an act of ‘high treason’ – Arab-Israeli Conflict


Jerusalem old city


PEOPLE WALK past one of the more than 1,400 closed shops in the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem on April 27, 2017.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

X


Dear Reader,


As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before.
Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications,
like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations,
we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open
and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news
and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew – Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,


Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group

Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH

Show me later


For the second time this year, the Palestinian Islamic religious authorities in Jerusalem reaffirmed a ban on selling property to Israelis, and warned that any Palestinian involved in such transactions would be accused of “high treason.”

The latest decision on Thursday followed news that Jews had purchased a house in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The house, which according to reports in the Palestinian media was purchased by the Ateret Cohanim organization, belonged to the Joudeh family. The organization, along with Ir David Foundation, has been acquiring lands and houses in east Jerusalem for decades.

The Old City transaction has drawn strong condemnations by many Palestinians, who see it in the context of Israel’s effort to “Judaize” Jerusalem.

Earlier this week, the Palestinian Authority government set up a special commission of inquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the sale of the house, which is located only a few hundred meters from the Temple Mount.

The Joudeh family has vehemently denied selling the house directly to Jews. Two Palestinian solicitors whose names have been linked to the transaction have also denied involvement.

The heads of the Palestinian Fatwa Supreme Council, who met in east Jerusalem, issued a statement in which they renewed the ban on conducting property transactions with Israelis.

The statement reminded Palestinians of previous Islamic religious decrees prohibiting such transactions under the pretext that “the land of Palestine was an inalienable religious endowment [waqf] that can’t be sold” to non-Muslims.


JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:

“The council stressed that selling [property] to the occupation or facilitating the transfer of its ownership, through mercenaries, is a great betrayal of religion, the homeland, and morals.”

It said that any Palestinian who is found “in collusion of this crime would be conspiring against the land, the cause and the Palestinian people, and will be seen as someone who has sold himself to the devil.”

The council called on Palestinians to “fight at all levels” against those who violate the ban, and demanded that their families publicly disown them. It also said that the Palestinian security forces will chase those involved in real estate transactions with Israelis in order to make an example of them for others.

It ruled that all real estate transactions with the “occupation” are considered null and void under international law. It said that it was “unlawful for the occupier to purchase property or lands in line with international conventions.”

Palestinian Authority land laws, which were enacted during the Jordanian rule of the West Bank, prohibit Palestinians from selling lands to “any person or judicial body corporation of Israeli citizenship.

Palestinians who are found guilty of selling lands or houses to Israelis can be sentenced to death. In the past few decades, several Palestinians suspected of selling lands or houses to Israelis have been kidnapped and murdered in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The Islamic council also lashed out at visits by Jewish “settlers” to the Temple Mount and claimed they were part of an Israeli scheme to bring about a situation where the holy site “would be divided in time and place by force and at gunpoint.” It held the Israeli government and the US administration fully responsible for mounting tensions in the entire region.


Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>







Source link

Related posts

IDF confirms name of soldier killed by Gazan sniper – Breaking News

root

EU report details international web of Hezbollah funding – Arab-Israeli Conflict

root

U.S. issues new sanctions on Iranian companies – Breaking News

root

Leave a Comment

Pin It on Pinterest