Chabad Rabbis: Don't Sell Land to non-Jews
In a joint letter with many of Israel's northern leading rabbinic authorities, Rabbis Yosef Yitzchak
Wilshansky and Mordechai Bistritzky
wrote harshly against the sale or renting of land in Israel to a non-Jew. Full report, Letter
By David Yisraeli, Chabad Info
11 Cheshvan 5771 (19.10.2010)
A letter signed by many of Israel's northern leading rabbinic authorities was released, in which the rabbis strictly prohibit the sale or renting of land in Israel to a non-Jew.
Among the many reasons for their prohibitions, the rabbis say that selling to a non-Jew often leads to the decline of a neighborhood's real estate worth.
"In response to the many questions, we hereby respond that according to the Torah it is strictly forbidden to sell or rent land to a non-Jew in Israel."
The rabbis class those who transgress this edict as making a "Chilul Hashem" and "Machti'ei Harabim".
Additional reasons enumerated in the rabbis' letter is that a Gentile neighbor could, in some circumstances, cause physical abuse or emotional torment for his surrounding Jewish population.
If a non-Jewish buyer does bother his neighbors, the Shulchan Aruch says that the seller needs to do everything he can to remove the problem, even if it be at a great cost.
Amongst the many signatories are Rabbis Yosef Yitzchak Wilshansky, Rosh Yeshivas Chabad of Safed, Rabbi Mordechai Bistritzky, Rabbi of Safed Chabad community and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Safed.