TEL AVIV (Jan. 12)
Four of nine Palestinian activists ordered deported from the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Jan. 3 may be expelled very soon, it was reported Tuesday.
Military review boards in the West Bank rejected their appeals Tuesday. Attorneys for the four said they would not take advantage of their recourse to the Supreme Court, because they are convinced justice would not be done.
The high court has rarely overruled deportation recommendations by the military boards. According to one of the lawyers, the Palestinians will rely on world public opinion to deter the Israelis from expelling them.
A decision has yet to be announced on the appeals of a fifth deportee from the West Bank and four from the Gaza Strip. All nine were detained during the recent disturbances in the territories. According to Israeli officials, they all have long records of security offenses and most have served prison terms in the past.