Elias Khoury (lawyer)


Elias Khoury (lawyer)

*"For the Lebanese writer, see Elias Khoury (writer)."

Elias Daoud Khoury ( _ar. الياس داؤد خوري) is a Palestinian Arab of 1948 and Jerusalem-based lawyer. Regular, A: [http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/pages/ShArtPE.jhtml?itemNo=420377&contrassID=2&subContrassID=21&sbSubContrassID=0 Father of the Murdered: Apologies Will Not be Accepted] , "Haaretz" (last accessed Feb-21-08)] Elias went to Hebrew University. He specializes in real property law following his father who lost the family land to Israel in the 1948 war, his father took citizenship in Israel and believed he could work patiently through Israeli law to get the land back. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DE4D6143AF935A25754C0A9629C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=5 New York Times] ] Elias made appeals several times to the Supreme Court of Israel, and has had Palestinian politicians among his clients in Israeli courts.Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center: [http://www.intelligence.org.il/eng/c_t/khouri.htm "Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades Murder an Arab Student in Jerusalem"] , "Center for Special Studies (CSS)" (last accessed Feb-21-08)] Weingarten G: [http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A15004-2004Aug19 Fear Itself, Learning to live in the age of terrorism] . "Washington Post" August 22, 2004 (last accessed Feb-21-08)] He is the father and son of terrorism victims. Elias gained fame in the 1970s when he led a legal battle against the Israeli settlers of Sebastia and Elon Moreh.

Elias Khoury was born in Galilee. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lived in the Beit Hanina and Shuafat neighborhoods of Jerusalem. He has a practice in Jerusalem, formerly in its Eastern part and now in the West, specializing in real property law. He has represented clients at all Israeli court levels, including the Supreme Court of Israel, as well as in planning commissions. In the framework of his public activities, he has expressed concerns with the impacts of the lack of Arab participation in the urban politics of Jerusalem, while expressing understanding for the rationale. In 2008 he expressed concerns with a planned real estate deal between his own Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem and the State of Israel. [ [http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/spages/981824.html למכירה בבירה: שכונת יוקרה במחיר מציאה - הארץ ] ]

Both Khoury's father and son were killed as a result of the Palestinian Israeli conflict. Khoury's father, Daoud Khoury, was killed when a booby-trapped refrigerator exploded in Zion Square. Elias' son, George Khoury, was murdered from gunfire on March 19 2004, while jogging in the neighborhood of French Hill in Jerusalem. The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the military branch of the Fatah movement, claimed responsibility. After it became clear that the victim was an Arabs of 1948 it apologized, and offered to declare him a martyr for the Palestinian cause. Khoury refused the organisation's offer.Yamin-Wolvovitz, T and Ottamana M: [http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=20155"Al Aqsa Brigades kill an Arab whom they thought was Jewish"] , "Maariv international" (last accessed Feb-21-08)] Elias has said about the killing:-

“This is a barbaric act that will not change my world view, which includes deep faith in Palestinian rights,” [ [http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/11/08/041108fa_fact?currentPage=11 New Yorker] ]

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