EUROPEAN, SOROS-FUNDED NGOS AIDED ARAB DEATH SENTENCES? / Palestinians face capital punishment for land sales to Jews (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein 06/20/12)
WND} WORLD NET DAILY
WND} WORLD NET DAILY Articles-Index-Top
Are European and George Soros-funded non-governmental organizations
that operate in Israel complicit in an epidemic of Palestinians
reportedly facing death sentences for selling property to Jews?
According to sources within the Palestinian Authority, the NGOs have
been instrumental in providing research information on Arab property
sales to Jews as well as any Jewish communities, outposts or military
bases that may be sitting on Arab-owned land.
In the PA’s resulting clampdown on the newly discovered property
sales, at least 16 Palestinians have been recently arrested and are
currently in PA prisons for selling property to Jews, WND has learned.
Nine of the 16 could face capital punishment for their direct
involvement in the land sales, according to PA sources.
The sources said that of the 16 Palestinians incarcerated, seven are
employees of the PA, including its security forces.
Under the framework of the PA’s legal system, selling land to Jews is
considered a capital offense. The PA has reportedly carried out
scores of judicial and extrajudicial killings for such land sales.
Two NGOs, Peace Now and Yesh Din, have been particularly active in
the field of monitoring Israeli Jewish communities in the West Bank
as well as Arab sales that can be challenged in courts.
In April, for example, Peace Now and Yesh Din filed a lawsuit that
went to the Israeli Supreme Court concerning a dispute in the
ownership of land in the biblical community of Beit El. One
Palestinian was reportedly arrested by the PA specifically because of
the case. The NGOs were at the center of the challenge.
According to Baruch Gordon, an employee of the Beit El Yeshiva, which
was involved in the land transaction, the property in question was
purchased for a large sum from Ibrahim Judah Mustafa Hasan, a
resident of the nearby community of Dura Al Qara. Gordon said Hasan
was listed as the living heir of Ibrahim Mustafa Hasan Hasan, whose
name appeared on the land registry.
Peace Now and Yesh Din later filed suit on behalf another man named
Harbi Ibrahim Mustafa Hasan, who claimed he is the actual legal heir
and that the sale of land was fraudulent.
The New York Times quoted Hasan in April as saying that a distant
relative who was paid $35,000 for the land and was promised $150,000
more was jailed by the PA in January for the fraudulent sale.
Activist Hagit Ofran, who monitors Jewish settlement growth for Peace
Now, told the Times that besides the property being challenged in
Beit El, 17 other so-called outposts were being challenged in court.
Yesh Din used the Peace Now property information to file suit in the
Beit El case.
PA sources told WND that the Palestinian government recently formed a
unit with a $2.7 million yearly budget to investigate property sales
to Jews as well as any Jewish communities, outposts or military bases
that may be sitting on Arab-owned land. The unit works with
nongovernmental organizations, including European-funded NGOs.
While Peace Now and Yesh Din both bill themselves as Israeli human
rights groups, it has recently emerged that much of their funding
actually comes from Europe. Soros is also a top donor to both groups.
In 2008 alone, Peace Now reportedly received $242,690 from the
Norwegian Embassy, $142,081from the British Foreign Office, $74,148
from Germany’s Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, and $19,782 from the
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Im Tirtzu, an Israeli group that monitors NGOs, reported Peace Now
received $218,925 from the embassy of Norway in 2009, as well as
$189,614 from the United Kingdom and $143 961 from the Belgian
Yesh Din similarly receives vast sums of foreign funding. According
to NGO-Monitor about 94 percent of Yesh Din’s donations are foreign.
Government funders include the EU, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands,
Ireland, U.K. and Germany.
The New Israel Fund and George Soros’ Open Society Institute are Yesh
Din donors. Soros’ Open Society also donated to Peace Now.
The foreign donations to the groups were so concerning to the Israeli
government that in 2008 the Knesset passed a law requiring Israeli
organizations to publicize any foreign funding they receive. The law
was aimed specifically at Peace Now.
Last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government began
legislation to limit the amount of foreign funding any Israeli NGO
Meanwhile, the number of Palestinians WND has learned are imprisoned
for land sales to Jews – at least 16 – is much larger than previously
In April, the news media reported that the PA sentenced to death
former PA intelligence officer Muhammad Abu Shahala for involvement
in a real estate transaction in which an Arab property was sold to
Jews in the ancient Jewish community of Hebron.
The Hebron Jewish community has attempted to secure international
assistance for Shahala’s plight.
Officially, the PA denies the reports that it sentenced Shahala to
death and has been less than forthcoming about exactly where the
former intelligence official is being held.
Dmitry Diliani, a spokesman for the PA, referred WND to the
Palestinian prison in Hebron, which in turn directed a request to the
PA’s Ministry of Justice.
The Justice Ministry did not reply to a request for comment before
According to multiple reports, Shahala was tortured prior to a hasty
trial in which he was found guilty of selling his Hebron property to
Jews. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 06/20/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY