Owner of Disputed Hebron Home Presents Proof
Courtesy of www.lekarev.org.
The man who purchased the Hevron Peace House from its Arab owner spoke out this week to confirm that the sale was conducted legally and therefore, the Jews living in the home are also there legally.
The owner is a United States citizen, a Jew of Syrian descent, whose ancestors were thrown out of Hevron by the Arab pogrom of 1929. “B”‘s great-grandfather and other relatives who were in Hevron at the time of the attacks managed to escape without injury, he said. Having paid $700,000 for the building in a legitimate transaction, he expressed outrage with “Israeli democracy” that the government is relating to the Jewish presence in his building as an “invasion.”
“We have given the government videotapes and pictures proving that the building was purchased honestly”, he emphasized, videotapes in which the former owner is seen receiving money, counting it, and then signing documents granting the rights to the building to the buyer.
The process of selling and buying the 4,000 sq. meter structure, took several years to conclude, said Jewish community spokesman David Wilder in a statement after the purchase in March 2007. The Peace House, as it has been renamed, overlooks the road between Hevron and Kiryat Arba,
The Jordanian businessman who owned the building risked his life in the expensive transaction without realizing it, explained Wilder, because he thought the building was being sold to another Arab. “B.” also said he never dealt with the seller. “We had people working for us to handle that,” he told Ha’aretz this week. “But I have pictures and video footage that prove everything is legitimate. The Israeli authorities also have the material. They know it’s all kosher.”
The sale itself was conducted through a third party office in Jordan to protect the seller, said Wilder, since selling Arab property to a Jew is a capital crime punishable by death in the Palestinian Authority. Now there’s real democracy, isn’t it?????
Elya’s endnotes: I found additional information on this controversy, as well as some interesting photos here. If you google “Peace House Hevron” you should come up with some more interesting information.