Deportation Ordered for West Banker, but Not Carried out for Mubarak Awad

A deportation order was issued Wednesday against Jamal Shatti Hindi, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, who served a four-year prison term for planting bombs and for membership in a terrorist organization.

The order was issued by Brig. Gen. Amram Mitzna, commander of the Israel Defense Force’s central sector. According to security sources, Hindi was a major activist for Al Fatah, the terrorist wing of the Palestine Liberation Organization, at Najah University in Nablus.

He may appeal against the deportation to a military appeals board and, if overruled, can take his plea to Israel’s Supreme Court. In most previous cases, appellants have either lost their cases or dropped their appeals before a decision was handed down.

The authorities, meanwhile, have delayed enforcement of a deportation order issued last month against Mubarak Awad, an advocate of non-violent resistance to Israel’s presence in the administered territories.

Awad, a Jerusalem-born Palestinian who is a naturalized American citizen, was to have been expelled from the country on Nov. 20. But the U.S. State Department intervened on his behalf.

The matter is reportedly in the hands of Premier Yitzhak Shamir, who must make the final decision. The Foreign Ministry has asked that Awad’s deportation be delayed.

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