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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Death for Land Sales

JERUSALEM -- Palestinians who sell land to Israelis will receive the death penalty, the Palestinian justice minister said Monday.

"The death penalty will be imposed on anyone who is convicted of selling one inch to Israel,'' Justice Minister Freih Abu Medein said. "Even middlemen involved in such deals will face the same penalty.''

The aggressive position is intended to counter the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, where the Palestinians hope to establish an independent state.

Jewish groups or individuals who support expansion of the settlements are often willing to pay exorbitant prices to buy Palestinian-owned property .