‘New Sanhedrin’: Jews Who Sell Land to Arabs Should Not Daven for the Amud, Get an Aliyah or Be Mishtateif for a Minyan


no-arabs-no-terrorA Jew who sells land to an Arab in Israel should not be allowed to daven for the amud, should not be given an aliyah, should not be counted for a minyan and is considered an abettor to the enemies of Israel, according to a halachic decision issued Monday night by a group calling themselves “The New Sanhedrin.”

Prof. Hillel Weiss, a spokesman for the Sanhedrin, said that while the seller of land to Arabs is helping the¬†Jewish people’s enemies, this does not mean that he or she is guilty of a sin that entails the death penalty.

Those who participated in a meeting that took place in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood in Yerushalayim on Monday evening included Tzafas Chief Rabbi Rav Shmuel Eliyahu, a son of Rav Mordechai Eliyahu; Rav Yaakov Yosef, a son of Rav Ovadia Yosef; and former United Torah Judaism MK Rav Menachem Porush.

In their decision, the Sanhedrin explained the historical background. “In recent years a phenomenon has arisen in which Arabs are buying houses and land in Jewish neighborhoods and in this way are gradually buying up these neighborhoods.”

Sources connected with the Sanhedrin said that the halachic decision was a response to sales of land and apartments in French Hill, Pisgat Ze’ev and other Yerushalayim neighborhoods to Arabs.

The security barrier which is being completed in Yerushalayim and which separates Palestinian and Jewish areas might be part of the reason for the rise in demand by Arabs for homes in Jewish neighborhoods. Many Arabs do not want to be stuck on the wrong side of the barrier.

Rav Eliyahu, who said that he did not sign the halachic decision, explained that the phenomenon of Arabs buying Jewish-owned land had grown as a result of European and Saudi funding supporting the move.

“Every community has the right to use sanctions against members who sell land to Arabs,” said Rav Eliyahu.

“The influx of Arabs to Jewish neighborhoods lowers the value of homes and introduces negative cultural influences. A Jew who facilitates this is transgressing the commandment to love one’s neighbor like oneself, even if he only rents to them.”

Rav Eliyahu said that in his own city of Tzefas, a Jew who sold to an Arab was boycotted by the community. “He owned a grocery store and people boycotted it.”

Halacha forbids the sale of land in Israel owned by Jews to non-Jews. However, there is nothing in Jewish law that prevents someone who does so from participating in a minyan.

{JPost report, Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. Mr (Ms ??) glatekup

    thank you for once again reminding us that elul is not part of the reality for so many in klal yisrael – may the ribbono shel olam have rachmonus on their souls

    your remark – odious 11 months out of the year – is specially inappropriate chodesh elul

    may we both be zoche to a good begentched yuer

  2. While the concern the “new Sanhedrin” expressed is real, their authority as a Sanhedrin is not recognized by most authorities as it does not meet the criteria of a sanhedrin set forth in Choshen mishpat, ie the approval of all the poskim in Eretz Yisroel and the fact that every member must be tested as competent in all areas of halacha.

  3. From the article it might seem to some readers that rabbanim Eliyahu, Yosef and Porush are involved in any way in the “Sanhedrin project”. They are not, just both them and the “Sanhedrin project” made a psak on selling parts of EY to Goyim.