The Jerusalem Post – A Palestinian court in Ramallah sentenced a Palestinian-American to life in prison with hard labor Monday after finding him guilty of selling a house in the Old City of Jerusalem to a Jewish Israeli organization.
The man identified as Issam Akel, a resident of east Jerusalem, was arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces in October. The Palestinian Grand Criminal Court found Akel guilty of “attempting to cut off a part of the Palestinian land and adding them to a foreign country.”
The verdict was issued after a one-week trial. Akel worked for one of the PA ministries and a hospital in east Jerusalem, according to Palestinian sources.