American sentenced to life in prison for selling ‘West Bank’ land to Jews
This is what an apartheid state looks like:
A Palestinian-American has been arrested and sentenced to life in prison with "hard labor" for selling land to Jews. Issam Akel, a resident of east Jerusalem, was arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces in October 2018. A Palestinian court convicted Akel of “attempting to sever parts of Palestinian land and annex it to a foreign state.” Under Palestinian law, potential sellers must get the Palestinian Authority to sign off on land sales.
Issam Akel is particularly lucky. Selling land to a Jew is considered a capital offense, subject to the death penalty.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has tweeted
“The Pal Authority has been holding US citizen Isaam Akel in prison for ~2 months,” Friedman tweeted on November 28. “His suspected ‘crime’? Selling land to a Jew. Akel’s incarceration is antithetical to the values of the US & to all who advocate the cause of peaceful coexistence. We demand his immediate release.”