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Report: PA Arrests Palestinian American for Selling Property to Jewish Organization

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October 18, 2018
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during Fatah Central Committee meeting in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank October 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

The Palestinian Authority arrested a Palestinian-American for selling an East Jerusalem house to a Jewish organization, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The Post’s report states that the Palestinian-American is a 55-year-old man who “is being interrogated” by the PA for being a “solicitor” in the sale, receiving $25,000 in commission for doing so.

There is a currently a fatwa in place that prohibits Palestinians from selling property to Israelis; in 2010, a PA court ruled that any such transaction would result in the death penalty.

The State Department told the Post that they are aware of the arrest and are concerned as to how the PA will treat the man. The PA declined to comment to the Post.

Lahav Harkov, an editor for the Post, tweeted:

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