ADC Files Complaint, Demands DOJ, HUD Investigate Real Estate Sales of Illegal West Bank Settlements

Washington, DC | | March 5, 2024 – ADC has filed an official complaint with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding an immediate investigation into a series of recent real estate sales events selling stolen Palestinian land. The events held in the U.S. advertise sale of properties in illegal West Bank settlements. The general public can attend the events and purchase the property – so long as they aren’t Palestinian, Arab, or Muslim.

These events are reportedly entry to Palestinian and Arab individuals and involve the sale of West Bank settlement properties available only to Jewish buyers. Not only is the refusal to sell property to anyone based on their race or national origin unlawful, the properties involved in these sales are built on stolen Palestinian land. We condemn categorically the sale of these properties in the United States.

ADC Staff Attorney Christopher Godshall-Bennett said, “Events like this are abhorrent and the fact that they are being held while Israel wages its genocidal campaign in Gaza truly shocks the conscience. The entities involved must not be permitted to sell stolen property in the United States to facilitate the consolidation of Israel’s control over the West Bank. These events should be canceled. Full stop.”

HUD and DOJ enforce the Fair Housing Act which, among other things, prohibits discrimination in the sale of housing. ADC urges the relevant authorities to intervene and protect the rights of Palestinian and Arab Americans.

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