Four West Bank Arabs Face Deportation

Deportation orders were issued against four Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the weekend. Security authorities said they were suspected of hostile activities. Three of the four were serving prison sentences for terrorist acts when they were released in a prisoner exchange deal last May.

Two of them, Hassan Mahmoud Ahmad Al-Amudi and Jallal Hafez Hisham Azaize, both residents of the Gaza Strip, were ordered deported for activities on behalf of George Habash’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine subsequent to their release. Both had been serving life terms. Similar charges were brought against Mahmoud Fanoun of the West Bank.

Adnan Ghanem of Hebron faces deportation because he is allegedly a citizen of Jordan who infiltrated into the West Bank, not a legal resident of the territory. All four can appeal to the Military Appeals Board and, if rejected, may appeal to the Supreme Court. Israel has ordered five Arabs deported since the May exchange. One of them left voluntarily. The cases of the others are still before the courts.

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