Hevron: Desperate Jews Played by PA Tricksters (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Maayana Miskin 04/22/12)
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Palestinian Authority conmen in Hevron have managed to use the Jewish
community’s desperation for housing to make a quick profit, while
giving nothing in return. Criminals have forged papers showing
ownership of abandoned buildings in order to sell the buildings to
After money has traded hands and Jewish families have moved in and
done repairs, the true owners of the building have come forward with
their papers, and the Jews have been evicted.
The trick has worked at least twice. In 2006, Jews were kicked out of
Beit Shapira. Six years later, the Jerusalem District Court has
ordered that Jewish families be expelled from a second home within a
The tricksters fooled local PA Arabs as well. In order to locate
abandoned buildings for use in their schemes, they claimed to be
representatives of a Saudi charity that would repair homes for PA
The Hevron Jewish community aims to rebuild what was for hundreds of
years a large, thriving Jewish community in the City of the
Patriarchs. However, the community faces a severe housing shortage.
Jewish community leaders said anti-Semitic PA policies make it hard
for them to prove ownership. Under PA law, Arabs who sell property to
Jews can be put to death.
“The verdict in the case of the Tel Rumeida home shows clearly that
any Arab who sells to a Jew in Hevron faces the death penalty,” they
said. “The government of Israel is not dealing with this anti-Semitic
law, and even cooperates with it."
“As a result, despite having paid well for thehouse, we have
encountered many difficulties in proving the sale,” they said. They
called on the government to “put an end to this unbearable situation,
in which any purchase of a home in Hevron by Jews must go through
back channels.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/22/12)
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