Report: Palestinian Authority Deports American Imprisoned for Selling Land to Jews

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The Times of Israel reports: A Palestinian-American man who last month was sentenced to life in prison by a Palestinian Authority court for attempting to sell land to Jews has been released and handed over to the Americans, the Kan broadcaster reported Thursday.

Issam Akel, a resident of East Jerusalem who holds a blue Israeli identification card and US citizenship, had been held by the PA for several months. In recent days a secret deal was signed between the PA and US authorities, the report said, and Akel was freed on Tuesday.

A US Embassy official declined to comment on the case, citing “privacy concerns.” One of Akel’s children said he was unaware that his father had been released.

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