Gang Arrested for Plotting to Sell Palestinian Land to Israeli Settlement Firms

General view of the Israeli settlement of Efrat, in the occupied West Bank February 7, 2017. (Reuters)
General view of the Israeli settlement of Efrat, in the occupied West Bank February 7, 2017. (Reuters)
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Gang Arrested for Plotting to Sell Palestinian Land to Israeli Settlement Firms

General view of the Israeli settlement of Efrat, in the occupied West Bank February 7, 2017. (Reuters)
General view of the Israeli settlement of Efrat, in the occupied West Bank February 7, 2017. (Reuters)

Palestinian intelligence managed to arrest a gang that was suspected of selling Palestinian property to Israel, a high-ranking intelligence source said on Monday.

The suspects worked as an organized gang. Four of the detainees, including a lawyer, acted as the leaders of this group. They are suspected of planning to sell Palestinian lands to Israeli settlement firms.

The lands are spread in several regions, including Jerusalem, Qalqilya, Nablus and Tulkarm. A 48-year Arab Palestinian broker residing in Israel aided the suspects in their operations.

Palestinian intelligence reported that one of the fugitive suspects, along with the broker, is currently taking shelter in Israel. The cost of the deals, had they been struck, would have reached 8 million Jordanian dinars.

After completing intelligence follow-up procedures, the suspects were arrested and all measures they were taking to complete the deal were stopped. The suspects were referred to the Public Prosecution to carry on legal procedures.

The Palestinian intelligence requested that citizens exercise full caution when selling land, especially in the Israeli-occupied Jerusalem, border regions and areas close to settlements, stressing that citizens should notify relevant authorities regarding any suspicious activity.



UN Human Rights Chief: Unconscionable Death and Suffering Happening in Gaza

A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
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UN Human Rights Chief: Unconscionable Death and Suffering Happening in Gaza

A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)
A child looks on as Palestinians search for missing people under the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli air strike, at al-Nuseirat refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, 18 June 2024. (EPA)

Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem are suffering a drastically worsening human rights environment, alongside "unconscionable death and suffering" in the Gaza Strip, the UN human rights chief said on Tuesday.

"The situation in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is dramatically deteriorating," Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The West Bank, where the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule under Israeli occupation, has seen the worst unrest for decades, in parallel with the war in the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas.

Turk said that from the start of the Gaza war in October through mid-June, 528 Palestinians, 133 of them children, had been killed by Israeli security forces or settlers in the West Bank, in some cases raising "serious concerns of unlawful killings".

Twenty-three Israelis have been killed in the West Bank and Israel in clashes with or attacks by Palestinians, he said.

In Gaza, Turk said he was "appalled by the disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law" by parties to the war.

"Israel's relentless strikes in Gaza are causing immense suffering and widespread destruction, and the arbitrary denial and obstruction of humanitarian aid have continued," Turk said.

"Israel continues to detain arbitrarily thousands of Palestinians. This must not continue."

He added that Palestinian armed groups were continuing to hold hostages, including in populated areas, which put both the hostages and civilians at risk.

Israel's permanent mission to the UN in Geneva accused Turk of "completely omitting the cruelty and barbarity of terrorism" in his address to the UN Human Rights Council.

"Hostilities in Gaza are the direct result of Hamas terrorism, decades of rocket-fire and incitement against the Jewish people and the State of Israel, culminating in its brutal attacks against Israel on October 7," the diplomatic mission said in a statement.

Israel's ground and air campaign was triggered when Hamas-led fighters stormed into southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel's offensive has killed more than 37,400 people in Gaza, according to its health authorities, and left much of the enclave's population homeless.