of the Silent Hostages
comment and exhaustive report of the real-estate scene in
Jerusalem omit a detail (26 August). Any Muslim or Christian
who sells or negotiates the sale of real estate to a Jew is
liable to summary execution by the Palestinian Authority.
Recent instances show this rule to be ruthlessly enforced,
even against the elderly and the destitute who may have sold
their only asset.
of the many international, European and charitable funds that
regularly replenish the coffers of the PA goes to alleviate
the plight of Palestinians who wish to sell up and realise
the market value of their property. The real hardship of the
Palestinians is that they are silent hostages to the tyranny
of their own corrupt authority, in whose hands they are mere
1948, well-intentioned UN and European organisations and charities
have succeeded in perpetuating the refugee state through three
generations, a unique feat in the history of the UN. By cynically
holding out unrealistic hopes and paltry refugee benefits,
the crude carrot-stick methods of the Palestinian Authority
are denying its people the basic freedom to move on and to
improve their lot.
Jewish charitable funds were to be applied in the way you
claim, namely to compensate or even to over-compensate hard-pressed
Palestinian families for their property, such funds would
be fulfilling their charitable role in as worthy and wide-ranging
a manner as their traditional purposes allow.
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