Israel Closes Palestinian Office Accused of Monitoring Land Sales to Jews

A man takes a photo of the sealed offices of Khalil Tufagji, a prominent Palestinian cartographer, in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Israeli police have raided Tufagji's office accusing him of working illegally on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. In a statement, police accused Tufagji of conducting research for …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Citing a breach of Israeli sovereignty and intimidation tactics, Interior Minister Gilad Erdan on Tuesday ordered the immediate closure of a Palestinian Authority-funded map office in east Jerusalem accused of monitoring Arab property sales to Jews in the capital.

In a statement, Erdan said the Beit Hanina facility recorded the names of Palestinians – who sold, or planned to sell, land to Israeli Jews – for retribution.

Khalil Tafakji, 65, who oversaw the office, was arrested Tuesday morning. Police also seized computers and documents from the location.

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