Friday, January 21, 2011

Crime and Punishment, Palestinian-Style

Palestinian Authority detains Arab on suspicion of selling land to Jews 15 years ago.

Palestinian Authority security officials have detained a meat dealer on suspicion of selling land to Jews, Palestinian media outlets reported Friday.

According to the report, the wealthy individual in question is a well-known figure and owns large swaths of land in the Bethlehem area. According to suspicions, he sold some land to Jews some 15 years ago.

The land in question was later used for building homes in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood.

The PA reportedly detained and interrogated the man Thursday. During hi interrogation he claimed that all the land belonged to his father, who was the one who sold it to Jews.

About a week ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the issue of land sales to Jews while slamming Palestinian complaints about Israel's east Jerusalem construction. The PM stressed that while his government allows both Jews and Arabs to engage in construction in the east of the capital without discrimination, the PA harshly punishes Arabs who sell land to Jews.

Speaking to foreign correspondents, Netanyahu noted that only 10 minutes away from the briefing there is a regime in place that sentences people who sell land to Jews to death. "How many of you reported this?" the prime minister asked the journalists during the briefing.

Ynet News

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