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British High Court Rules Palestine Government May Deport Citizens to Eritrea

The Privy Council, Britain’s highest appeals court, today dismissed an appeal by attorneys for Arich Ben Eliezer, who was deported to Eritrea by the Palestine Government. The attorneys had charged that deportation of Palestinian citizens outside the borders of the country was illegal.

Max Seligman, chief defense counsel, predicted that the verdict would cause increased bitterness in Palestine, since it effects several hundred young Jews who have been imprisoned in Eritrea. He said that the families of the imprisoned men had looked to the Privy Council to correct a system under which Jews can be sent outside their country without any redress from the courts. He pledged that further legal steps would be taken both here and in Palestine.