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Palestinians nabbed for resisting Israel expulsion orders

13 January 2016 9:59

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Israel has detained two Palestinians for resisting “military expulsion orders” banishing them from Tel Aviv-occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Freelance journalist Samer Abu Eisheh, 28, and 33-year-old construction worker Hijazi Abu Sbeih, married and with three children, had been ordered to leave East al-Quds and stay out for respectively five and six months, AFP reported on Wednesday.

Abu Eisheh said his expulsion could have to do with his activism, while Abu Sbeih said he was unaware of the reason for his expulsion. The orders could also entail the demolition of the Palestinians’ houses.

The Israeli internal spy service, Shin Bet, however, alleged that the pair was among “a certain number of terrorist activists.”

According to Palestinian rights group, Addameer, seven Palestinians received such orders in 2015, and as many have received these orders each year since 2011 for varying time periods.

Addameer calls it “collective punishment in violation of international law” and a measure aimed at “emptying Jerusalem of its Palestinian residents.”

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