Abbas adds 'hard labor' to punishment for Palestinians who sell land to Israelis

PA president's decision came following reports that Palestinians have sold houses in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood to Jews.

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October 20, 2014 23:20
Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday issued an order that would toughen punishment for Palestinians involved in real estate deals with “hostile countries” and their citizens.

Abbas’s decision came following reports that Palestinians have sold houses in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood to Jews.

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On Monday, Jewish families moved into two more residences in Silwan that were reportedly purchased through a Palestinian mediator.

In his order, Abbas decided to amend the Palestinian penal code so that it would include hard labor in addition to life imprisonment for Palestinians who sell, rent out or serve as mediators in real estate transactions with “hostile countries” and their citizens.

In 2010, a PA court reaffirmed that the sale of Palestinian land to Israelis is punishable by death. Although the death sentence has not been officially executed, several Palestinians have been murdered in east Jerusalem and the West Bank over the past four decades after being accused of involvement in property transactions with Jews. 

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