Death to Those Who Sell Homes to Jews

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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Muhammad Abu Shahala is a former Palestinian intelligence officer who, after reportedly being tortured, admitted committing a capital offense. As a result he has been sentenced to death. His “crime”? He sold his home in Hebron on the West Bank to Jews. Under Palestinian law, all that awaits Shahala’s rendezvous with destiny is the approval of the sentence by Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas. Who is trying to save him? Jewish officials, who are attempting to get the international community involved.

An open letter authored by David Wilder and Noam Arnon of the Jewish Community of Hebron addressed to U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other officials notes that “Mr. Muhammad Abu Shahala, a former intelligence agent for the Palestinian Authority, has been sentenced to death, following a hurried trial. His crime: selling property to Jews in Hebron.” The letter continues:

Mr. Abu Shahala reportedly confessed following torture sessions at the hands of his captors. The death sentence can be executed only following concurrence by Mahmoud Abbas, aka Abu Mazen, president of the PA. After he signs the death warrant, Abu Shahala may be killed.

It is appalling to think that property sales should be defined as a “capital crime” punishable by death. The very fact that such a “law” exists within the framework of the PA legal system points to a barbaric and perverse type of justice, reminiscent of practices implemented during the dark ages.

The letter then poses a pertinent question. “Is the Palestinian Authority a reincarnation of the Third Reich?” it asks.

Noted columnist Caroline Glick provides an answer to that question. “The PA (Palestinian Authority) was established in May 1994,” Glick writes. “The first law it adopted defined selling land to Jews as a capital offense. Shortly thereafter scores of Arab land sellers began turning up dead in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria in both judicial and extrajudicial killings.”

A report by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) contends that, before the creation of the PA, the decree had been in effect since before the creation of Israel in 1948. If CBN is correct, it reveals an inconvenient truth: the kind of irrational hatred that would make selling one’s home to a Jew an offense punishable by death pre-dated the creation of the Jewish State. Such a reality blasts a giant hole in the seemingly intractable belief among Western leaders that all of the region’s ongoing animosity is the result of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians — or that such animosity can be quelled by any “peace process.”

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  • Schlomotion

    I want to run through this: A Jew who publishes for an American superpatriot website in Canada is reporting Palestinian on Palestinian crime that he watched on Pat Robertson? That's almost as funny as thinking that only Palestinians have rules against selling real estate to people outside their group:
    http://kolharav.blogspot.com/2010/12/rabbi-aharon

    • kafir4life

      Blomo' – Did you notice that it's the moon god worshipping, pedophile emulating, gutter cult members such as yourself that kill their own (something I'm 100% behind as one of the BEST features of islam)? Seriously, anytime I hear of muz on muz violence, when one of their "women" are honor killed, when a muz is taken out by another muz for being not quite muzzie enough, or even being the wrong flavor of muz, it makes me giggle. If evey muz would kill one muz a day, one of the worlds biggest problems would shrink, and within 2 months, be gone!
      allahu snackbar!!

      • Schlomotion

        While it's quaint of you to spout off such colorful racism, I am not a Muslim.

        • zionista

          no – you're a Jew hating nazi wannabe type who probably hates anyone not like you, but you've got a special obsession with Jews and everyone on this site knows that. You are obsessed, no doubt jealous and at least a tad masochistic, which is why you must have your daily beating.

          • Schlomotion

            What's funny is that you know deep inside that it's none of those reasons.

          • stern

            Please don't feed the troll. Do not engage with this despicable Jew hater. It thrives on attention and should be left to starve and wither in the dark.

          • Zionista

            true – the average Jew hater is like a train wreck, but they can be fun to play with!

          • Schlomotion

            Cherem is kind of silly.

            I pointed out that "selling one's real estate to a non-Jew without assuming the responsibility for any injury that the non-Jew may cause his neighbors" is an offense in the Talmud, punishable by Cherem, and you are invoking Cherem against me for apparently no reason. Bone in the nose tribalism.

          • ziontruth

            "Bone in the nose tribalism."

            Give me that any day over the Marxist World Citizen Big-Brotherhood of Man.

          • Schlomotion

            It's sad that you think those are the main alternatives.

          • intrcptr2

            You aren't playing loose with words here on purpose, are you? I'm fairly sure that when the translator did that letter, he meant "harm" which is not really the same as "injury". And said tort is only recognized within a rather strict context.

            WIth nothing further to go on, I seriously doubt that a Jew can be excommunicated if his Gentile purchaser hits the neighbor's kid with his car.

          • Schlomotion

            Not in normal company.

        • ziontruth

          "While it's quaint of you to spout off such colorful racism, I am not a Muslim."

          Islam is not a race.

          • Schlomotion

            Thanks for pointing out that Islam is not a race. Now kindly point out to every Jew who accuses antisemites of racism that Judaism is not a race.

          • ziontruth

            "Now kindly point out to every Jew who accuses antisemites of racism that Judaism is not a race."

            Per se, you would be right: "Jew" isn't a race, so strictly speaking Jew-hatred is not racism. But many Jew-haters have promoted it to racism by framing it in racial terms:

            1) The Nazis regarded "Jew" as a biological category, therefore Nazi Jew-hatred was also racism.

            2) Present-day anti-Zionist Jew-haters speak incessantly of the "sin" of "white European Jews stealing lands from the indigenous brown Palestinians" (in reality, most Israeli Jews are non-white, and the Arabs in Palestine are the one who are stealing lands from the indigenous Palestinians, who are none other than the Jews, no matter of what extraction), and so set the issue in a racist framework (a "No Whites Allowed" sign for Palestine—if this isn't racism then I don't know what is).

            Regardless, I care little if Jew-hatred is racist or not; it is enough that I am a Jew, that alone justifies me in wanting anyone who hates my nation, for any reason, destroyed. Unlike the Marxist Left, I have no need of the Race Card.

          • Schlomotion

            I have often puzzled over many Jews' apparent disability in which they can't frame an ideological basis outside of either Zionism or Marxism. It's enough to make Ayn Rand look hot and appealing.

        • kafir4life

          What race is muslim again? I enjoy observing them practicing their faith amongst themselves as I would any other faith. What's wrong with that?

    • Art G

      You say "almost as funny as thinking that only Palestinians have rules against selling real estate to people outside their group"…

      Does the Rabbi cited in your link want to KILL violaters???

      There's such a double standard in this conflict. Behavior by the PA that is internationally accepted is condemned when Israel is involved. No one says anything when hundreds of rockets are indisciminantly launched into Israel (it doesn't even make the western news), but when Israel targets the shooters, it's a war crime.

      Gimme a break!

      No one is guiltless in this mess, but let's apply the same standards to both sides, please.

      • dartson

        The difference is that Palestinians have a LAW that punishes selling a house to a Jew by death. The Rabbi recommendation is his personal OPINION that: a) can be disputed by other religious figures, meaning that it is not even a religious rule, but one person's interpretation; b) has nothing to do with the secular LAW in Israel.

        • ziontruth

          "The Rabbi recommendation is his personal OPINION…"

          Unless it's a religious edict (halakhah), in which case many are going to keep it as law.

          That, in a nutshell, captures the anti-Zionists' underestimation of the changes in the Jewish State for the past decade or so: The massive religious revival (+high birthrates of the religious) means in the future the secular state could be up against the situation of issuing a decree (such as illegally dismantling Jewish population centers) but no one would follow it.

          • intrcptr2

            Right. But the rabbi is discussing WHY this edict is not valid as halakhah. Thus, Schlo has erred in drawing a parallel between Israel and the PA.

            I see your demographic argument, but am not yet persuaded.

      • Schlomotion

        He doesn't say he wants to kill violators, but Orthodox Rabbis throw stones at people fairly often. I have an acquaintance who was a Messianic Jew and had Rabbis throw stones at him in Israel.

    • intrcptr2

      Gentlemen, please; if you wish to feed the troll, feel free.

      But, notice; his link actually utterly refutes his position equivocating pali/Jordanian sharia with rabbinical halakah. The learned rabbi lays out four separate arguments demonstrating why such a prohibition IS NOT valid in Eretz Yisrael today.
      If Schlo here wishes to impress, or even more improbably, persuade, he shall need next time to cite better "supporters" for his arguments.

      • Schlomotion

        And I am sure there are Palestinians who think murder for selling a home is not valid either.

        • intrcptr2

          And your putative point is, what?

          It is irrelevant how many palis consider it wrong; it is the law of their erstwhile land. And unless you can find a news article of any kind demonstrating this, you are no more making an argument than farting.

          • Schlomotion

            Interesting racist terminology that you use.

  • wctaqiyya

    Did I really need to see more evidence of Islamic barbarity? Oh well, must not harm the messenger. Say, it occurs to me that saving Abu Shahala may be a snap. Yep, Muslims can be forgiven for most all crimes if they renounce the act and claim they did it because they were under duress. There, problem solved. Lets see, I think it's called the doctrine of taqiyya or something. Sure enough. Hey, that Abu guy owes me big time!
    I always say, if blaming the Jews doesn't get it done, just blame Hitler. Hmmmm, I wonder if Abu can blame the Jews AND Hitler? I don't think this has ever been done before. Not even on Seinfeld. But, if Abu says the Jews could not have pressured him if Hitler didn't scare them into forming the modern state of Israel, then he would still be sinless. Sweet. Guys, hurry up and send me lots of money so I can go to Israel and sort everything out.
    Don't worry, I think I can blame America, Egypt (the Exodus) and enough other people to make peace between the Arab outcasts and Israel. I might even get Saudi Arabia to pay for it. Damn, I'm good.

  • muchiboy

    " It is appalling to think that property sales should be defined as a “capital crime” punishable by death. The very fact that such a “law” exists within the framework of the PA legal system points to a barbaric and perverse type of justice, reminiscent of practices implemented during the dark ages."

    There is much that is appalling about the Israeli/Palestinian tradgedy.The other side of this current debate is the de facto ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people from their homeland by Jews.Both are appalling,both maybe understandible,too.

    The letter then poses a pertinent question. “Is the Palestinian Authority a reincarnation of the Third Reich?” it asks.

    Noted columnist Caroline Glick provides an answer to that question. “The PA (Palestinian Authority) was established in May 1994,” Glick writes. “The first law it adopted defined selling land to Jews as a capital offense. Shortly thereafter scores of Arab land sellers began turning up dead in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria in both judicial and extrajudicial killings.”

    A report by the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) contends that, before the creation of the PA, the decree had been in effect since before the creation of Israel in 1948. If CBN is correct, it reveals an inconvenient truth: the kind of irrational hatred that would make selling one’s home to a Jew an offense punishable by death pre-dated the creation of the Jewish State. Such a reality blasts a giant hole in the seemingly intractable belief among Western leaders that all of the region’s ongoing animosity is the result of Israel’s policies toward Palestinians — or that such animosity can be quelled by any “peace process.”

    Zionism predated the re-creation of Zionist Israel,not so?And land is at the root (in conjunction with an even deeper rooted self serving human failing) of the present day problem,is it not? "Sell outs" face the same horrible fate everywhere,but their fate serves a useful purpose.With regards to Zionism in Palestine,I would refer others to that old saw…"give them an inch,they take a mile".The Zionists and Jews have taken it one step futher,they have taken anothers homeland.The PA needs to be condemned for their policy,the Israelis for their past and present unconscionable policies and practices.muchiboy

    • stern

      muchiboy, let's put this in the simplest possible terms so that perhaps even you can understand. Want proof that your continued claim about "de facto ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people" is just so much BS? Consider this.
      At the end of the war in 1948, how many Jews were in East Jerusalem, the Old City of Jerusalem and what is now the West Bank and Gaza? Answer: None, nada, zero, not one.
      How many Arabs were in Israel, between the so-called "Green Lines"? Answer: millions!

      So now tell me, exactly who was guilty of ethnic cleansing? Remember, Jews had lived in Jerusalem for thousands of years. There were large populations in Gaza and areas like the Gush Etzion bloc.

      As for your statement that "land is at the root", that too is untrue. It has nothing to do with land and everything to do with the Islamic belief that once land has belonged to Islam, it cannot – ever – belong to anyone else.

      • New Yorker

        Please do not bother reasoning with muchiboy. He does not believe in reasoning. He is here to promote his ideological hatred – nothing more than that. He should be either ignored or told off. He is not new to this website.

    • ziontruth

      Hiya there, Muchiboy. Greetings from the dog-eating President. ;)

      "…the Palestinian people…"

      …are the Jewish people and none other. All Arabs are settler-colonists in Palestine and have no right to any piece of it. The Arab nation will have to be content with what little it currently has (a score of states over a huge mass of land on the globe).

      • muchiboy

        I think we can agree that most reasonable,sensible posters here acknowledge who are Palestinians and who are Israelis.Long gone are the days of Palestinian Arabs and Palestinian Jews.Me thinks you've missed your calling,ziontruth.You have the makings of a fine apostolate of the Christian (far) Right,aka the lunatic fringe.I have to wonder if your persistant denials vis a vis Jewish crimes against the Palestinian people and Palestinian rights have the same roots as those who deny the Holocaust.I must remind you of another varient of an old saw,"if you can't say anything sensible,just don't say anything."muchiboy

        • ziontruth

          "I think we can agree that most reasonable,sensible posters here acknowledge who are Palestinians and who are Israelis.Long gone are the days of Palestinian Arabs and Palestinian Jews."

          Nope. I'm not going to let an Arab/Islamic imperialist propaganda ruse stand. This fiction of a non-Jewish "Palestinian nation" has been created and maintained for the sole purpose of masking the obvious fact of imperialist aggression and greed leveled by a score of states (Arab) or nearly sixty (Islamic) against one single tiny state belonging to one single nation.

          Your imperialist feet have to be held to the fire. I'm not letting down on this even if many people foolishly have.

          "You have the makings of a fine apostolate of the Christian (far) Right,aka the lunatic fringe."

          I'm Jewish, you Marxist scum.

          "I have to wonder if your persistant denials vis a vis Jewish crimes against the Palestinian people and Palestinian rights have the same roots as those who deny the Holocaust."

          I have to wonder if your persistent propping up of the fabrication of a non-Jewish "Palestinian nation" has the same roots as the Nazi doctrine of the Aryan Race and its global entitlement.

  • StephenD

    So as we send Hillary over with a check in hand for the Pals, she may have orders to…frown at them. Why, the President himself may take action by way of a speech and tell the world how "Both sides have got to realize they need to come together in peace." So he'll be able to get in the moral equivalency mandate and get funds to the PA and snub Israel all while letting Americans think he is taking corrective action. LOL
    You neighbor HATES you so much he will kill his own for merely selling you some land. The rest of the world tells you…make peace with them. Hahahahahahahahaha

  • Tanstaafl

    Nazis = Muslims.

  • Ed Frias

    Abbas is nothing but an Islamo fascist.
    Why Israeli leaders meet this sadist is beyond me.
    Palmediawatch has documented over and over how Abbas glorifies Arab terrorists who massacre Israeli civilians, names streets after them and Abbas PA media incites Arab nazis to slaughter Israeli civilians.
    Go on Palmediawatch. http://www.palwatch.org

  • Ed Frias

    All your Mideast question about Palestinian Rejectionism are answered by Israeli Amb Ron Prosor.
    Read this great speech.
    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2012/04/great-sp

    Great speech by Ron Prosor at the UN
    It is really compelling to hear someone tell the truth in a hall of lies:
    Statement by Ambassador Ron Prosor

    UN Security Council
    “Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East
    April 23 2012

  • Ed Frias

    When you have Palestinian leaders teaching their people, If their are 10 Jews and you kill 6 of them, how many Jews are Left?
    When you have these same wicked leaders telling their people that Jews are the sons of Pigs and Apes.
    When you have Palestinian Mufti's teaching in Mosques that the highest goal for a Muslim is to kill the Jews and to think Thomas Friedman and Bob Simon supports these evil people.
    Even though their was never in history a state called Palestine, 6 times the Palestinians turned down a state since the Peel commision in 37.
    The reason why is very simple, cause their would be a Jewish state not controlled by the Arabs.
    Only when the Palestinians extremist/rejectionist/supremacist attitude changes will peace really be possible.
    THE REAL ESSENSE OF ''MIDEAST'' CONFLICT''
    Arabs want to destroy Israel, but Israel doesn't want to be destroyed.

  • Suzanne

    Mamoud Abbas is up to his knees in Jewish blood. His crimes go back decades. For instance, he has never been brought to trial for his part in the massacre of the Jewish athletes at the Munich Olympics in the 1970"s. To answer the question posed, yes, the Palestinian Authority IS the recreation of the Third Reich and so are Hamas, Hezbollah, The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine …and the list goes on and on.