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Chief Rabbi: Free Palestinian held by PA
Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Aryeh Stern has ruled that Jewish law requires that efforts be made to release Palestinian-American Isaam Akel from his incarceration by the Palestinian Authority for selling land to Jews.
Chief Rabbi:Israel must help free Palestinians held for selling land to Jews | The Jerusalem post
 
Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Aryeh Stern has ruled that Jewish law requires that efforts be made to release Palestinian-American Isaam Akel from his incarceration by the Palestinian Authority for selling land to Jews.
 
Akel, a resident of east Jerusalem with US citizenship, was arrested by PA security forces two months ago. He is suspected of acting as a solicitor in the sale of a house in the Old City of Jerusalem to a Jewish organization.
In response to a letter from the Im Tirtzu organization, Stern ruled that just as there is an obligation in Jewish law to help poor non-Jews, there is also an obligation to free non-Jewish captives like there is an obligation free Jewish captives.
 
“In the Talmud and Jewish law we learned that we provide for poor non-Jews together with poor Jews, and this means that the same should be true and we should redeem non-Jewish captives just like Jewish captives,” ruled Stern, adding that the commandment to get captives released is an important precept in Jewish law.
 
He added that the fact that Akel was arrested for selling land to Jews made it even more important to help get him released, since it is  part of the commandment to settle the Land of Israel
The rabbi added that it was crucial to help Akel to thwart the deterrent effect of the PA, whose actions deter Palestinians from selling land to Jews.
 
 
Im Tirtzu welcomed Stern’s ruling, calling it a “historic and brave” move by the rabbi.
“For the first time, a significant figure in the rabbinical institution is intervening on behalf of the Palestinians who have become targets for the Palestinian Authority in the capital,” said Lt.-Col. (res.) Baruch Yedid, head of Im Tirtzu’s Arab Affairs desk.
 
“We hope that these words will lead to action and that the rest of the authorities in Israel will act in this spirit and put an end to Palestinian lawlessness in Jerusalem. The authorities must provide protection to Israeli residents and assert de facto sovereignty.”
 
US Ambassador David Friedman has also demanded Akel’s release, saying in November that “his incarceration is antithetical to the values of the US and to all who advocate the cause of peaceful coexistence.”
 
NO MORE RACISM.
 
NO MORE SENSELESS HATRED.
NO MOSLEM EDICTS FORBIDDING SALE OF PROPERTIES TO JEWS IN ISRAEL.
No Death Sentence or Torture of Arabs for selling land to Jews in Jerusalem !!!
 
Isam Akel is both a US and Israeli Arab citizen, who was recently abducted by the PA and tortured under their watch.
His "crime" according to the PA - was involvement in selling a property to Jews.
The actions of the PA in Jerusalem, is unethical, unacceptable and goes against all signed agreements and accords with the PA.
 
Enough is enough to such shameful, undemocratic and racist acts.
Noone wants another Saudi-Khashoggi incident !!!
 
American Friends of Ateret Cohanim believes in peace and coexistance between Arabs and Jews, with each having the democratic right to buy and live in safety and security, in each and every neighbourhood in Jerusalem.
We abhor the use of violence and object to the arrest and torture of any Arab by HAMAS OR THE PA, for their possible, 
alleged or otherwise involvement, in the selling of a property/building in or around the Old City of Jerusalem, to Jewish concerns.
We will not accept, that an Arab, who was allegedly involved in land sales to Jews, cannot even be buried in a Moslem Cemetry.
 
The Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem- Rav Shtern recently gave a Jewish law ruling stating that its a Mitzvah and that all attempts should be made, to save-redeem an Arab from jail whose only "crime" is allegedly selling land or a building to Jews. Rav Shtern also made a ruling, that any Arab who isnt allowed to be buried in a Moslem Cemetry for the same "crime" of selling land to Jews, can be buried in a Jewish Cemetry.
 
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