The National Council of Young Israel on Monday criticized the life sentence given to a dual Palestinian American citizen accused of trying to sell land in eastern Jerusalem to a Jewish buyer.
Issam Akel, who has been held by the Palestinian Authority (PA) since his arrest in October, was sentenced by a PA court to life in prison with hard labor after being convicted of “attempting to sever parts of Palestinian land and annex it to a foreign state.” The PA considers it illegal for a Palestinian Arab to sell land to Jews.
“The conviction and life sentence of a Palestinian American for allegedly trying to sell land to a Jewish buyer underscores the Palestinian Authority’s racist and reprehensible policies directed toward Jews,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss. “The prohibition against selling real estate to Jews is the epitome of anti-Semitism and the embodiment of outright bigotry.”
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