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Treason in the West Bank

1:59 PM, Apr 29, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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As Israel celebrates its sixty-first year of existence, it marks a growth spurt as well: its population has risen from 7.3 million a year ago to 7.4 million today. The breakdown: 75.5 percent Jews; 20.2 percent Arabs; 7.5 percent foreigners.

Again: 20.2 percent of the citizens of the Jewish state are Arabs. This is in stark contrast to Judea and Samaria, or the West Bank, which is nearly Judenrein. In fact, while Israeli pressure has helped helped prevent some prosecutions of East Jerusalem Arabs for selling real estate to Israelis, it is an act of treason for a Palestinian to sell a Jew land in the West Bank. The punishment is death by hanging, and that sentence was handed down yesterday by a PA court to a Hebron man, though it will be up to Mahmoud Abbas to decide whether the execution is carried out.

If this seems extreme, it is nevertheless an improvement over the days when Arafat roamed the land, and people who sold land to Israelis-"collaborators," as they were called-were simply murdered.