18 July 2018

In an incriminating revelation, Vice President of the Islamic Movement inside 1948 Occupied Palestine, Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib has again accused the UAE of paying huge sums of money in an attempt to speed up the Judaisation of Eastern Jerusalem.

In a Facebook post, [1] al-Khatib asserted that a businessman:

 “Very close to Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi was involved in purchasing homes and estate in the occupied Old City in Jerusalem, namely in the vicinity of al-Masjid al-Aqsa with the help of a Jerusalemite associate of expelled Fatah ‘National Security Advisor’ Mohammad Dahlan…” [2]

In the post, al-Khatib added that:

“This businessman offered a resident in Jerusalem $5M to purchase his home, one that neighbours al-Masjid al-Aqsa. When the owner rejected the offer, the (purchaser’s) offered price increased to $20M for the same home.”

According to al-Khatib, this purchase attempt failed because “the principled homeowner’s mouth did not water over this filthy wealth,” reiterating previous revelations that had suggested “Mohammed bin Zayed’s regime in the UAE was complicit in purchasing the homes of Jerusalmites (in Silwan and Wadi Hilwah) in 2014 before transferring their ownership to (Zionist) settlements institutions.”

The Sheikh implored residents of al-Quds not to cooperate with anyone seeking to sell homes or estate to anyone or for any reason, concluding that “the rulers of the UAE are germs lurking in the body of the Ummah.” In an interview with Aljazeera, Sheikh al-Khatib said:

“I did not write a single letter without possessing 1000% confirmed accounts of the facts I stated… I spoke directly to the legal representative of the homeowner…” [3]

In his response, Dahlan, accused al-Khatib of being an “Ikhwani liar”. The aide to George W Bush, chosen to lead a coup against the elected Hamas government in Gaza in 2007, [4] said al-Khatib was “hiding behind religiosity” and launched a scathing attack against Aljazeera network who broadcast the disclosures. Remarkably, Dahlan did not deny the allegations. [5]

It is noteworthy to mention that Sheikh al-Khatib has dedicated his life to the service and protection of al-Masjid al-Aqsa, becoming famous for leading the ‘Murabitū al-Aqsa’ (the Protectors of al-Aqsa). Under this movement, regular convoys are sent to the third Masjid of Islām to liven it with circles of knowledge and I’tikāf (prolonged stays) whilst providing it protection against the incursions of Zionist settlers. Al-Khatib has been repeatedly prevented from entering al-Aqsa and has suffered persecution and arrests. [6]

High Treason

This is not the first time that the Islamic Movement official has accused the UAE of buying properties in East Jerusalem on behalf of the Israeli occupiers, particularly those buildings that are closest to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

In 2014, during East Jerusalem’s largest influx of Jewish settlers in two decades, 35 apartments and houses in Silwan, which is a densely populated Palestinian neighbourhood on the outskirts of the Old City of Jerusalem, ended up in settlers’ hands. At the time, Kamal Khatib and Raed Salah (the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel) accused the UAE of playing a major intermediary role in the sale of the properties to settlers’ groups.

“In 2014, when the month Ramadan coincided with the start of the vicious Israeli offensive against Gaza, Emirati businessmen bought, through intermediaries and realtors, homes from Jerusalemites in Silwan and Wadi Hilweh,” he said. “The claim [at the time] was that they would be used to host Indonesian visitors and others in order to encourage more Muslims to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Only a few weeks later, Khatib pointed out, representatives of an Israeli Jewish organisation called Ateret Cohanim, accompanied by police officers, demanded that the owners of the houses should vacate them because the settlers were the new owners. “They presented the sales documents, which were said to be for Emirati businessmen.”

A source from East Jerusalem who monitored the sales in 2014 — and has asked to remain anonymous — told me that, “The Palestinians who sold their houses in 2014 were told by Palestinian brokers that the Emirati sellers want to rebuild and renovate the holy city and merely want to support the Jerusalemites and their steadfastness against the settlers and the Israeli government, only to find later that their houses were sold to settler organisations.”

At the time, the settlers’ takeover in Silwan sparked outrage and drew international condemnation, especially from Washington. In 2016, Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar published an investigative report under the headline “Al-Aqsa Mosque is besieged by Emirati money”. It provided details of other attempts by the UAE to buy houses in the Old City of Jerusalem through Palestinian intermediaries.

Palestinians recognise selling their homes to Zionist settlers as a form of high-treason seeing that it facilitates the occupation and Judaisation of the holy land. Only 13% of Occupied East Jerusalem is permitted for Palestinian construction as it is already more or less built up. Regular coerced evictions, home demolitions and appropriation of Palestinian-owned properties occur under the pretext of those properties not having Israeli-issued building permits. [7]

Zionist NGOs that champion Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem receive hundreds of millions of dollars from private donors, and using intermediaries wedged as middle-men to make it look like an ordinary Palestinian to Palestinian transaction, occupy the city ‘one house at a time’. [8] For many, it beggars belief that at least one Arab government is assisting the Judaisation of the Islamic city and facilitating a demographic shift; one that that is likely to have extreme and dire consequences for al-Masjid al-Aqsa.

SOURCE: Islam21c, Middle East Monitor

Notes:

[1] https://www.facebook.com/Kamal.Khateb48/posts/2025901654316549 [2] https://www.facebook.com/Kamal.Khateb48/posts/2025901654316549 [3] https://www.facebook.com/Kamal.Khateb48/videos/2026510497588998/ [4] https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/07/gaza-curse-mohammed-dahlan-170730070104332.html [5] http://www.aljazeera.net/news/reportsandinterviews/2018/6/9/ فضيحة-الإمارات-وعقارات-القدس-دحلان-يهاجم-الخطيب-والجزيرة [6] http://www.aljazeera.net/encyclopedia/icons/2015/10/20/كمال-الخطيب [7] https://www.ochaopt.org/content/high-numbers-demolitions-ongoing-threats-demolition-palestinian-residents-east-jerusalem [8] https://www.vox.com/2016/10/6/13186266