A Palestinian National Authority (PNA) court today sentenced a Palestinian incarcerated for selling property to Israeli settlers in the occupied East Jerusalem territory to life imprisonment and forced labor, the official Wafa news agency reported.
The Higher Criminal Court of Ramallah (West Bank) condemned a Palestinian identified with the initials I.A. after declaring him guilty of "selling Palestinian land to a foreign country," specifies Wafa, citing the court ruling.
The initials correspond to Isam Akel, from East Jerusalem, and also with American nationality, who was arrested more than two months ago by the Palestinian Police in Ramallah, for the supposed sale to settlers of a house in the Muslim quarter of the Old City, they made local media available at the time.
In 2010, a PNA court ruled that the sale of land to Israel is a crime that can be punishable by death by endangering the Palestinian "national project" to establish an independent state.
However, the death penalty requires the authorization of the Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas, who to date has not ratified any.
Although it speaks of any "foreign country", it is mainly intended to prevent the sale of land to Israeli citizens or companies to halt the advance of Israeli colonization in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in the Six Day War of 1967.
Recently, a Palestinian who died in a multiple traffic accident in the Jordan Valley was denied burial in Jerusalem cemeteries because he was suspected of selling property to Israeli Jews, the Times of Israel reported.