During a halacha shiur at his house in Yerushalayim, Chacham Ovadia Yosef, head of the Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah of the Shas party, paskened that it is assur to sell a house or land in Eretz Yisroel to an aino Yehudi.
Rav Yosef said that it is forbidden to sell a house to an aino Yehudi Jew even if he offers a great sum of money.
Dozens of students, Shas leaders among them, attended the shiur.
“The words were perceived by those who were present as normal discussion of the halacha, and not within a context of current events,” said one talmid. He added that the Rov spoke of a known and accepted law of the halacha, one that no one disputes. It should not be perceived as a reinforcement of a recent ban on selling property to Arabs declared by Tzefas rabbonim, he said.
The rabbis from Tzefas signed a public statement that declared that under no circumstances should a home or a piece of land in Israel be sold to anyone who is not Jewish. The statement caused a violent clash to break out between Jewish and Arab students in the north Israeli city.
The rabbonim cited the same law of the halacha as a reason for the ban. Another reason they listed was that selling or renting to someone who is not Jewish will ruin relations within the neighborhood, because the resident will disturb the lives of those living next to him.