Monday, April 16, 2012

Palestinian sentenced to Death for Selling land to a Jew. The World is silent

Munich's going to be hosting a One Democratic State Conference this summer.
This event is sponsored by One Democratic State in Palestine and hosted by the Palästina Komitee München and by Dr. Gabi Weber. Its by invitation only and not open to the public. (JVP- I'm waiting for the cries of "muzzling")

Dr. Weber- just curious- will the Palestinians' intolerance and intransigence be on the agenda? How do you plan on convincing the Palestinians to accept a state based on democratic principles-on tolerance and equality for all its citizens? If a Palestinian Arab in the West bank can be put to death for simply selling land to a Jew, what reason do you have to believe Independence will change this?

(Its a rhetorical question, Dr. Weber. I can't expect anyone who'd defend Gilad Atzmon to put any serious thought into this matter)

From the Times of Israel
"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.

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.

Shahala reportedly was sentenced to death for his part in selling what has become known as Beit Hamachpela (the Machpela House) to a group of Jews. He reportedly confessed to the sale after torture and was subject to a rushed trial, according to Arutz-7, which cited various news agencies. 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."

I've seen nothing in the mainstream media about this. Human rights organizations operating in the West bank are uncharacteristically silent. Regardless of your feelings about "settlers", executing a man for selling property to Jews is wrong, racist and a dangerous precedent for a future state.

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