The Former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Issues Fatwa Threatening Muslims Who Sell Land to Jews



For the last few years, the Muslim leadership in East Jerusalem has issued several fatwas (religious edicts) threatening Palestinians who sell land to Jews, Israelis, and “other” enemies.


An overt campaign was launched in 2018 by Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the then Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, to threaten and intimidate Muslims from any real estate deals with Jews and Israelis.  Hussein said, “the land of Palestine [is] an inalienable religious endowment forbidden to sell to the enemies under the pain of being labeled an infidel and traitor.”


Sheikh Hussein, who was appointed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in 2006, had a long history of rhetoric praising terrorists and suicide bombers.


Hussein’s remarks sparked outrage, primarily from right-wing members of the Knesset, who introduced a bill in parliament that asserted that preventing Jews from buying land strictly based on their Israeli citizenship is “unacceptable.”


But last week, another former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the preacher of the al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri, continued the campaign of threats and scare tactics when he issued a fatwa warning that Anyone who sells a property to Jews [and Israelis] will not be buried in Muslim cemeteries.


Denying Jews and Israelis the right to live, work, and worship in Jerusalem must never be tolerated.