07 December 2018

The family of Ala’ Qirresh, one of the six east Jerusalem residents killed in a road accident early November, denied  that their son had been involved in any real estate transactions with Jewish Settlers.

The denial came after angry residents of east Jerusalem refused to hold a funeral for Qirresh on the pretext that he had been involved in the sale of a Palestinian-owned house to Jews.

Several residents prevented the victim’s family from bringing his body to the al-Aqsa Mosque for pre-burial prayers, eyewitnesses said. The residents claimed that Qirresh was a “traitor” who was involved in a real estate transaction with settlers.

According to the eyewitnesses, a fistfight erupted at the entrance to al-Aqsa between members of Qirresh’s family and a group of young men who tried to stop them from bringing the body into the mosque.

Recently, the Palestinian Islamic religious authorities in east Jerusalem renewed its call for prohibiting the sale of Palestinian-owned property to Jewish settlers. The authorities also called for boycotting anyone who is involved in such transactions. The boycott includes banning Muslims from holding prayers for the suspect in a mosque or burying him in a Muslim cemetery.

Qirresh’s family appeared on Monday to be divided over the accusations against him. Some defended him, saying he was innocent, while others distanced themselves from him, claiming he had indeed been involved in the sale of a house in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to a Jewish group 10 years ago.