The United Arab Emirates is played a big role in selling the houses of Arabs in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, to Israeli settlement construction companies, a senior member of the Islamic Movement has revealed.
In an interview with Al-Quds news channel, the vice chairman of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Kamal Khatib said: "Perhaps the coming days will reveal more. One should mention however, that a large sum of money was transferred from the UAE to the Bank of Palestine and that bags of money were handed over to approximately 34 families who owned apartments in Silwan."
Khatib asked: "It was originally planned that this money would pass through the Palestinian monetary fund. So, my question is… why did it not?"
He called upon the competent authorities within the Palestinian Authority to open an investigation to follow up on this matter as soon as possible.
Settlers in Jerusalem have gained control of an apartment building and a house with its surrounding land in the Al-Hawa district in Silwan. These properties are located just south of Al-Aqsa Mosque and they are now under the protection of the Israeli army.
Haaretz newspaper revealed several days ago that a fake company belonging to Elad, an Israeli gang, has been registered abroad under the name Kandel Finances and has been buying Palestinian houses indirectly.