'Arabs flooding the real estate market'
Jerusalem city councilman says Arab stigma against selling land to Jews wearing off, 'big wave' of Arab properties coming onto market.
Hezki Baruch, כ"ו בתמוז תשע"ו, 8/1/2016
Israel news photo: Flash 90


Arabs across Israel and on both sides of the Green Line are increasingly willing to sell to Jews, says a Jerusalem city councilman, calling it a golden opportunity for Jewish buyers to redeem property in the Holy Land.

Jerusalem councilman Aryeh King, who has worked for years to redeem Jewish properties in what are now predominantly Arab neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem, is calling upon Diaspora Jews to take part in “rebuilding of Jerusalem”.

Ahead of a planned visit to a number of Jewish communities in the United States and Canada, King spoke with Arutz Sheva about the sudden surge of Arab properties available to Jewish buyers.

“The purpose of my visit to the US and Canada is because we are aware of a big change in the Arab population in Judea and Samaria, in Jerusalem, and in fact in all of Israel,” King said.

“More and more Arabs are offering properties for sale. Because of that the cost of properties that Arabs are selling is dropping and we are able to buy in areas that we never thought to buy. So this visit is really to expose the areas that we are already active [in] and to expose the properties to Jewish potential buyers".

King, whose trip is scheduled for the upcoming period of mourning for the destruction of the Temple 2,000 years ago, said the timing of the visit was symbolic.

“The timing is important: it will be during the Nine Days, when we are mourning and remembering that Jerusalem is still a city that needs to be rebuilt and that we are missing our Temple on Mount Moriya.”

“Every person during the Nine Days is thinking about the history of how the city was during the First Temple and the Second Temple. And I'm coming with others to the US and Canada to tell people that we can change it. We can build Jerusalem, and every Jew can participate today in buying a property. You don't need to be a billionaire in order to buy. You can buy for $100,000, $200,000 a property in Jerusalem that will give you a property in the holy city of Jerusalem, and it will help us to strengthen the Jewish presence in the strategic and historical neighborhoods that surround the Old City.”

Aside from Jerusalem, King noted that a wide variety of properties are also up for sale in both the north and south of Israel, as well as in cities with both Jewish and Arab populations, like the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv.

“We will also talk about other properties in the Galilee and in the Negev and in... mixed cities. We are focusing on Jaffa, Lod, and of course the most important place is in east Jerusalem.”

“A lot of land is also being offered in other areas, in Judea and Samaria like in Gush Etzion: fields, vineyards, olive groves.”

“There is a big wave of new Arabs who are offering properties, and we don't have enough money to buy all of the properties that are being offered.”
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