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Palestinian fatwa bans the sale of land and real estate to Israelis

The Supreme Palestinian Fatwa Bureau, lead by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, issued an official fatwa forbidding the sale of land and real estate to Israelis.

This prohibition was implemented in the wake of Israeli forces and settlers seizing Palestinian properties in Silwan, East Jerusalem, a decision that directly affects the presence of Palestinians in Jerusalem and its environs. Thus, the fatwa council considered any individual who willingly sold his house or land to an Israeli as a traitor of Islam, God and to his nation. The fatwa called upon the Palestinian people to isolate and boycott these individuals and not to allow them entry into society and ban them from marrying into the community.

The Mufti called on any individual who wishes to sell any piece of land to research the buyer’s history carefully before agreeing to a sale.

The council also condemned the recent violations that have been committed against Muslim and Christian holy sites, including the burning of the Abu Bakr Mosque in the village of Aqraba, near Nablus, and the attack of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

In addition, Israeli forces have been promoting both a spatial and temporal division of Al-Aqsa mosque and its courtyards. The Fatwa council has asked to convene an urgent meeting with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in an effort to stop these aggressive practices.

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