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October 18, 2019
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A Palestinian rejects Israeli offer of $100m to buy his home in Hebron

WEST BANK:  A Palestinian from Hebron has rejected a $100 million Israeli offer to buy his home.

A resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, Abdul Raouf Al-Mohtaseb rejected an Israeli offer worth $100 million for his house and shop, located in the centre of the old neighbourhood of Al-Sahla, Hebron.

The Palestinian has rejected all previous Israeli offers made to him for his house and shop, which overlook Ibrahimi Mosque in the centre of the old city.

Al-Mohtaseb said that he rejected $100 million, adding that he would reject if all the money on earth was offered. “I will not betray my land or my people. Money is fine, but only when it is clean,” he added.

Al-Mohtaseb said that the offers started at $6 million, before rising to $40 million and eventually reaching $100 million. I will not change my position, rather I will remain a guard of the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Israeli settlers in the city, he said, had suggested they could facilitate his travel to Australia or Canada to live a new life and found new businesses, but he also rejected this offer.

Al-Mohtaseb stressed that the higher the settlers raise their offer for his house, the more his love of the land rises, noting that he has 20 grandchildren who he hopes will spend their lives in Hebron. “I spent my childhood here, but my grandchildren are deprived of this,” he lamented.