PA Arab Who Sold Hevron Home in Life-Threatening Danger (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/16/12)
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Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara said on Tuesday that there was a serious
threat to the life of Muhammad Abu Shahala, the Palestinian Authority
Arab who arranged the sale of the Beit Hamachpelah in Hevron to Jews.
Abu Shahala’s medical condition recently deteriorated and he has
undergone four cardiac catheterizations. As well, the PA is
threatening to execute him because of a PA law which stipulates that
a person who sells property to Jews will be put to death.
“The PA´s threats to execute Abu Shahala over the sale of Beit
Hamachpelah in Hevron require Israel to intervene to save him,” Kara
said at a meeting of Likud activists in the northern Israeli city of
“We need to condition any peace negotiations with [PA Chairman] Abbas
on the release of all PA Arabs related to this affair,” he added.
Abu Shahala was arrested four months ago and was questioned about
selling the Hevron house to Jews. He did not admit that he had done
so and was released. 64 days ago, he was arrested again and was
forced to confess to the sale. Following his confession he was placed
in solitary confinement and has been subject to daily humiliations.
The execution order against Abu Shahala awaits Abbas’ signature. Once
signed by Abbas, the order will in essence be approved and the
execution will be carried out.
The residents of the Hevron home were evicted by order of Defense
Minister Ehud Barak on April 4. Barak thus violated an agreement made
with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other senior ministers to
delay action on the issue until several weeks later.
The 15 families who were evicted from the home bought it from an Arab
and had moved in after the sale, fearing the building – uninhabited –
would be occupied by local Arabs before the Civil Administration
validated their purchase. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/16/12)
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