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Hebron Jews Appeal on Behalf of Arab Seller of Machpela House, Sentenced to Death by the PA

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Jewish leaders in Hebron have called for international intervention to help the Palestinian man sentenced to death for selling a home near the Cave of the Patriarchs to Jews.

Shahala reportedly was sentenced to death for his part in selling what has become known as the Machpela House to a group of Jews. He reportedly confessed to the sale after torture and was subject to a rushed trial. Palestinian officials said Shahala was not authorized to sell the home.

The death warrant still must be signed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to reports.

A letter on behalf of Muhammad Abu Shahala, a former intelligence agent for the Palestinian Authority was signed by Hebron Jewish community leaders David Wilder and  Noam Arnon, and addressed to, among others, the secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon; U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; the president of the European Council of the European Union, Herman Van Rompuy; and the director general of the International Red Cross, Yves Daccord, among others.

“It is appalling to think that property sales should be defined as a ‘capital crime’ punishable by death,” the Jewish leaders write in their letter. ” The very fact that such a ‘law’ exists within the framework of the PA legal system points to a barbaric and perverse type of justice, reminiscent of practices implemented during the dark ages.

“What would be the reaction to a law in the United States, England, France, or Switzerland, forbidding property sales to Jews? Actually, less than one hundred years ago, such acts were legislated and practiced, known as the infamous ‘Nuremberg laws.”

At least seven Jewish families were evicted from the house earlier this month, a week after they entered the home in the middle of the night on March 28 armed with documents saying they had purchased the building from its Arab owner.

Ya’alon Wants Barak Removed from Decision Making on Hebron House, Jewish Communities

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Ya’acov Ya’alon on Wednesday accused Defense Minister Ehud Barak of “starting up fires” after Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet had decided that the newly settled Machpela House, at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, would be evacuated by the end of the month only if it is proven that it had been purchased illegally. According to Ya’alon, Barak is purposefully “sticking up the process, not only in Hebron, but all across the Jewish communities.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu and his senior ministers have agreed to evacuate the residents of the disputed house in Hebron on April 26, “if it can be proven that it has been purchased illegally,” but despite the agreement, the battle between Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the Likud members of Netanyahu’s government is raging.

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe (Boogie) Ya’alon is demanding that the entire affair in Hebron, as well as all issues concerning the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, be taken out of Barak’s jurisdiction.

In discussions Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Ya’alon said that Barak is only “starting fires in Judea and Samaria,” and that the mandate over these territories must be taken away from Barak and given to a team of cabinet ministers.

Ya’alon, who also holds the Strategic Issues portfolio, accused Barak of failing to solve problems. In Ya’alon’s opinion, the crucial issue in Hebron is the validity of the purchase documents in the possession of the new dwellers in Machpela House. He argued that “it is our duty to check the documents in Hebron,” and only if their validity is confirmed can we approve of their entry. He also commented that there is no security or policy issue regarding this matter, and that while the investigation is in process, “we will deposit the house’s security in the hands of the Army.”

“I have no idea why the Defense Minister says such an examination will take weeks, when it can all be finished in a few days,” Ya’alon said. “The Defense Minister prefers to stick up the proceedings… He is acting against government policy and hurts us and our ability to solve problems.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/yaalon-wants-barak-removed-from-decision-making-on-hebron-house-jewish-communities/2012/04/04/

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