RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian court has sentenced a Palestinian man from east Jerusalem to life in prison with hard labor for trying to sell property in the Old City to an Israeli group.
The court said Monday that Issam Akel was convicted of "attempting to cut off Palestinian land and sell it to a foreign county."
Akel, 55, was arrested in October and allegedly confessed to attempting to sell property in the Old City of Jerusalem to a Jewish settler group.
The Palestinian Authority considers land sales to Israeli Jews to be treason. But it has never attempted to apply the law in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
Israel has called for Akel's release and arrested several Palestinian officials in response.