The Palestinian Authority on Sunday reaffirmed the death penalty for any
Palestinian found guilty of selling land to Israelis.
The decision came
in response to a ruling by a Palestinian court according to which such acts were
only a “minor offense.”
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PA Prosecutor-General Ahmed al-Mughni appealed
against the ruling to a higher court, arguing that the sale of land to Israelis
was a “major offense” punishable by death.
The appeal was
That verdict considering such offenses a major offense is aimed
at reminding Palestinians of the PA law that prohibits selling land to Jews,
The land law, which was originally put in force by Jordan
between 1948 and 1967, carries the death sentence.
The PA says the law is
necessary to prevent the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and
In 1997, the PA announced that it would seek the death
penalty for any Palestinian convicted of selling land to Jews or Israelis, in
accordance with the Jordanian “Law for Preventing the Sale of Real Estate to the
According to the 1973 legislation, the sale of property to Jews
or Israelis constitutes a crime against state security and well-being,
punishable by death and the confiscation of the culprit’s
The PA later drafted its own law to replace the Jordanian
statute. The law is called the “Property Law for Foreigners.”
describes the sale of land to “occupiers” as an act of “national
Although the PA has thus far refrained from executing those convicted of
land to Jews, there have been many extrajudicial killings of Palestinian
suspects over the past decades.
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