Four Israelis arrested for forging deeds intended to steal land from Palestinians

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On Tuesday, Israeli police arrested four Israeli citizens under suspicion of creating fake West Bank deeds intended to make it possible to steal land from Palestinians.

According to Haaretz, an investigation was opened two months ago after complaints from the Civil Administration. One of the suspects was identified as a lawyer and therefore has the legal knowledge required to creating fake land deals.

“Lawyers and brokers had the sides sign the land deals without proof of legal ownership of the land,” Israeli police told Haaretz.

The suspects are the Israeli towns of Tira and Jaljulya, and investigation started when the suspects tried to have official ownership of Palestinian land transferred to their own names, when it was in fact belonging to a Palestinian residing on the West Bank.