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{{use mdy dates|date=September 2014}}{{for|the Lebanese writer|Elias Khoury}}Elias Daoud Khoury (, ) is an Arab-Israeli Jerusalem-based lawyer.NEWS, April 26, 2004, Regular, Arnon,weblink he:אבי הנרצח: ההתנצלות לא מתקבלת, he, Father of the Murdered: Apologies Will Not be Accepted, Haaretz, February 21, 2008, He specializes in real property law. Elias made appeals several times to the Supreme Court of Israel, and has had Palestinian politicians among his clients in Israeli courts.NEWS, Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S.),weblink Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades Murder Israeli Arab Student in Jerusalem,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070626215617weblink">weblink June 26, 2007, NEWS, Weingarten, Gene, Gene Weingarten,weblink Fear Itself, Learning to live in the age of terrorism, The Washington Post, August 22, 2004, W.18, August 10, 2014, 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 the Galilee. His father lost the family land to Israel in the 1948 war, took citizenship in Israel and believed he could work patiently through Israeli law to get his land back.NEWS, James Bennet, James Bennet (journalist), July 16, 2004,weblink The New York Times, Isolated and Angry, Gaza Battles Itself, Too, August 10, 2014, Elias 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 Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the State of Israel.NEWS, Meron Rapoport, May 9, 2008,weblink he:למכירה בבירה: שכונת יוקרה במחיר מציאה, he, For Rent in the Capital: Luxury Neighborhood at Bargain Price, Haaretz,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110605060027weblink">weblink June 5, 2011, Both Khoury's father and son were killed in Palestinian terror attacks. Khoury's father, Daoud Khoury, was killed when a booby-trapped refrigerator exploded in Zion Square. Elias' son, George Khoury, was mistakenly killed 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 Arab it apologized, and offered to declare him a martyr for the Palestinian cause.NEWS, Yamin-Wolvovitz, T, Ottamana, M,weblink Al Aqsa Brigades kill Israeli Arab they thought was Jewish, Independent Media Review Analysis, March 20, 2004, August 11, 2014, "This is a barbaric act that will not change my world view, which includes deep faith in Palestinian rights," said Khoury.NEWS, November 8, 2004, The Spirit Level: Amos Oz writes the story of Israel, David Remnick, David Remnick,weblink The New Yorker, August 10, 2014, On March 6, 2010, The New York Times reported that Khoury had paid to have Amos Oz's A Tale of Love and Darkness translated into Arabic and distributed in Beirut and other Arab capitals.NEWS, Palestinian Sees Lesson Translating an Israeli's Work, Ethan Bronner, Ethan Bronner, March 6, 2010,weblink The New York Times, August 10, 2014, Of his decision to pay for the translation and publication of the book, Khoury said: "This book tells the history of the rebirth of the Jewish people. We can learn from it how a people like the Jewish people emerged from the tragedy of the Holocaust and were able to reorganize themselves and build their country and become an independent people. If we can't learn from that, we will not be able to do anything for our independence."

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