Former Palestinian intelligence officer 'sentenced to death for selling home to Jews' 


A former Palestinian intelligence officer has reportedly been sentenced to death after it was revealed he had sold his home to Jews.

Muhammad Abu Shahala, who worked for the Palestinian Authority reportedly confessed under torture to selling his home in Hebron on the West Bank to a Jewish man.

Jewish officials are now calling for the international community to get involved to save Mr Abu Shahala's life.

Capital crime: Former Palestinian intelligence officer Muhammad Abu Shahala has reportedly been sentenced to death for selling his home in Hebron (pictured) to a Jew

Capital crime: Former Palestinian intelligence officer Muhammad Abu Shahala has reportedly been sentenced to death for selling his home in Hebron (pictured) to a Jew

Under Palestinian law, the death sentence can be executed if approved by the president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas.


In an open letter addressed to Ban Ki-moon, Hillary Clinton, Benjamin Netanyahu, and other high ranking officials, David Wilder and Noam Arnon, of the Jewish community in Hebron, compared the case to trials in Nazi-era Germany. 

The letter read: 'According to various news agencies, Mr. Muhammad Abu Shahala, a former intelligence agent for the Palestinian Authority, has been sentenced to death, following a hurried trial. 

Decision maker: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must concur with the sentence before it can be carried out

Decision maker: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas must concur with the sentence before it can be carried out

'His crime: selling property to Jews in Hebron. It is appalling to think that property sales should be defined as a "capital crime" punishable by death.  

'The very fact that such a ‘law’ exists within the framework of the PA legal system points to a barbaric and perverse type of justice, reminiscent of practices implemented during the dark ages.

'It is incumbent upon the entire international community, which views Abu Mazen and the Palestinian Authority as a viable Middle East peace partner, to publicly reject such acts of legal murder, when the ‘crime’ is nothing more than property sales. What would be the reaction to a law in the United States, England, France, or Switzerland, forbidding property sales to Jews?

Actually, less than one hundred years ago, such acts were legislated and practiced, known as the  infamous ‘Nuremberg laws.’ 

'On October 3, 1938 the Nazi Germany, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, implemented a  "Decree of the Confiscation of Jewish Property, regulating the transfer of assets from Jews to non-Jewish Germans.'

'On December 11, 1938 another law was  passed:  ‘the regulation for the elimination of Jews from the Economic life of Germany.’  Among other sections was a clause forbidding Jews from offering merchandise for sale.

'Is the Palestinian Authority a reincarnation of the Third Reich?'

According to columnist Caroline Glick, the law banning the sale of land or property to Jews has been in force for some time 

She told the Weekly Standard: 'The PA was established in May 1994. The first law it adopted defined selling land to Jews as a capital offense. 

'Shortly thereafter scores of Arab land sellers began turning up dead in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria in both judicial and extrajudicial killings.'

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I have no idea why you keep going on random tangents - the point was that the ideas of the return of refugees was to bring those in those refugee camps to a future Palestinian state as opposed to Israel and that would cause huge demographic issues...

There will be no flood of refugees, because both Israel and an independent Palestine would not be able to absorb them.  It is like when there was the partition of India and Pakistan, a huge number of refugees fled into Calcutta.  The city did not have the infrastructure to absorb them, so that was Mother Teresa's "poorest of the poor."  The demographics of Israel and an independent Palestine will pretty much stay the same.

No specific numbers are kept anywhere, about the number of Jews and Arabs that intermarry.  It can only vaguely be deciphered by marriage certificates issued in a place like Cyprus.  They can keep better records on Palestinians in Areas A, B, and C of the West Bank wanting to marry an Israeli citizen, irrespective if they are Jewish or Arab.  But keeping the "Jewish character" of Israel.  Today, a "Jewish character" is a voluntary act, whether you are in Israel or somewhere in the Diaspora.  In the United States, 55% of Jews are married to non-Jews, I am the product of such a marriage, and my parents were married in Hungary too.  But as an adult, I voluntarily sought out my Jewish character, which is what everybody has to do in the United States.  But also, people in Israel have to do it as well.  We are not defined by residency anymore, occupations anymore, language anymore, or access to education anymore.  But what makes me sick, is when people define their Jewish character, by vehement hatred towards anything Arab or Muslim.  I would hate to see laws in Israel defined this way, and by the Palestinians this way.

They are not defined in Israel that way.... In Israel, only a jew can marry a jew, only a christian can marry a christian, only a Muslim can marry a muslim...

Foreign marriage certificates are honored in Israel.  They can go outside the country, and get married.  Those marriage certificates are honored, irrespective who the bride or groom are.  I have known Israeli citizens who were into mixed marriages or the products of mixed marriages.

I came across an interesting article today.

Obama's Lesson: "Look at the World Through Their Eyes"

It is like when Theodor Herzl wrote "Der Judenstaat," the Arabs living in Palestine are not even mentioned.  It is like the olim arrived, and it was "ooops who are these people?"  Now it is going back, and correcting that "ooops."

No one doubts there were arabs here the question is just what to do with them...they never had a state, many came with the Jews to find work and every time they were offered a state they rejected it... that was the big ooops

Indeed it was.  Both sides made a lack of judgement.

A just published poll by the Palestinian news agency Ma'an, shows the following numbers.  On rocket firings into Israel, only 38% support it.  On the Hamas leadership, only 20% support it.  On continued military confrontation with Israel, only 31% support it.  So these are numbers to take into consideration on the next Palestinian elections, and on Palestinian participation in negotiations with Israel.  The poll was conducted in both the West Bank and Gaza, and is susceptible to a margin of error by 3%.

You do realize how sad it is when only 40% of a population back terrorist attacks on civilians  is considered a positive number.  Do the same poll in any western country as to who would back random terrorist activities against civilians then you will see what the numbers should be.  This is a horrible number and nothing to be proud about.

The same situation existed in Sri Lanka, when a civil war broke out in 1983 between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam, which has claimed nearly 100,000 lives.  Despite cease-fires, and the intervention of the Indian Armed Forces, which lead to the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who like his mother, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh body guards, after she ordered the Indian Army to storm the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India.  In 2009, the LIberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam declared that they had been defeated.  This after a tsunami devastated Sri Lanka in 2004, which claimed the lives of 35,000 people.  So it is not being proud of numbers, but showing that one way or another, a conflict can exhaust itself, either externally or internally.  So the question is, are the Palestinians being exhausted internally?



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