Arabs who try to sell land to Jews can expect life imprisonment and to be subjected to forced labor by the PA for engaging in something that most people would probably describe as “co-existence”.
Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (the PA) wrote his Holocaust denying thesis, published in Arabic as “The Other Side: The Secret Relations between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement”, in 1982 at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in Moscow. In the thesis, Abbas (who in 1983 went on to become a KGB spy) denied the existence of gas chambers in the concentration camps, and questioned the number of Holocaust victims, by calling the six million Jews who had been killed “a fantastic lie”. He simultaneously blamed the Holocaust on the Jews themselves.
It is unclear whether Abbas’ “thesis” took him into the territory of the discriminatory laws enacted against Jews, including a 1933 law which made it illegal to sell farmland to them, but 75 years after Nazi Germany enacted that law, Abbas is still playing at the same old Nazi game. Incidentally, the Nazi prohibition against selling land to Jews is apparently the same under Islamic law.
A recent report by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) states that the PA recently managed to crack down on and arrest Arabs in Hebron, who were in the process of selling land to Jews there. According to an article in the official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, published on Aug. 31, 2018, “The [PA] Preventive Intelligence Force succeeded – through security cooperation, relying on intelligence information, surveillance on the ground, and intensive monitoring, and in legal coordination with the [PA] General Prosecution – in thwarting a deal for the illegal transfer of land (i.e., to Israelis/Jews) in the Hebron district … The Force succeeded in arresting those involved … and they were transferred to the legal system for the completion of the legal steps against them.”
Already in 2014, Mahmoud Abbas instituted life imprisonment with forced labor for “the clandestine transfer, leasing or selling of lands to a hostile country or its citizens” (read: Jews). The previous penalty for the “clandestine transfer of land” had been temporary forced labor. At the time, the “… Supreme Fatwa Council… chaired by the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, designated anyone selling Palestinian real estate to the enemy a traitor to Allah and His Messenger, as well as to his religion and homeland, and [decreed that] he is to be shunned by all Muslims.”
Earlier this year, the mufti said, “The basis is that Palestine is kharaj (i.e., taxable land in Islam) and waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) land, and it is forbidden by religious law to sell its lands and transfer them to the enemies’ ownership… The transfer of ownership of territory of Islam (dar Al-Islam) to enemies is invalid, and constitutes treason against Supreme Allah and his Prophet [Muhammad] … Anyone who sells his land to his enemies or receives compensation for it is sinning, because anyone that sells land to enemies is facilitating the removal of Muslims from their lands, and Blessed and Supreme Allah equates him to those who fight Muslims because of their religion… The selling of lands to enemies and negotiation [to sell] to them are heresy through actions, and considered loyalty to infidels who are fighting [Muslims]. This loyalty [to infidels] leads to banishment from the nation, and anyone who does this is considered as one who leaves Islam and a traitor against Allah, His honorable prophet, His religion, and His homeland… The Muslims must excommunicate him, and not do business with him, not marry him, not demonstrate friendliness to him, not participate in his funeral, not pray for him, and not bury him in Muslim cemeteries.”
The Arabs who tried to sell land to Jews in Hebron can look forward to life imprisonment and a subhuman existence as outcasts, “apostates” subjected to forced labor for engaging in something that most people would probably describe as “co-existence”.
However, unsurprisingly, Mahmoud Abbas and his PA, funded by the West to the tune of billions of dollars, are just not into “co-existence”. Just as they are not into “diversity”, “tolerance”, “inclusiveness” and “sharing the land”. They are, however, into discriminatory laws in the spirit of the old Nazis – and just like those old Nazis, they refuse to tolerate anyone who thinks differently.
That, however, does not seem to bother the PA’s cheerleaders in the West, particularly Europe, which claims to love human rights so much. You will not hear a peep on behalf of these powerless Arabs from Hebron imprisoned for life from a single human rights activist in the entire West.
On the contrary, they will probably just give Abbas more money.
Judith Bergman is a columnist and political analyst and a fellow with the Haym Salomon Center