Palestinians Ban Property Sales to Jews, One Sentenced to Life

As a resident of east Jerusalem, Akel holds an Israeli ID card that gives him immunity against being arrested or prosecuted in a PA court. He is in Ramallah, possibly a victim of abduction, and he is one of 44 persons recently arrested on similar charges after an ordered crackdown on selling property to Jews. (Jerusalem Post photo)

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.

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