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June 7, 2004
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Canada refused to give permanent-resident status to a Palestinian refugee linked to the PLO. Nawal Haj Khalil, who has been living in Ottawa with her two children since 1994, is challenging a federal law that brands her a terrorist threat because of her association with the PLO. Khalil once worked as a journalist on a magazine that has been deemed part of the PLO’s propaganda machine. She says she was exercising her right of free speech as a journalist when she worked for the PLO media outlet, which advocated violence against Israel. Khalil’s husband lives in the West Bank and she must attain permanent-resident status to be able to sponsor him to join the family in Canada. As a refugee, she is free to stay in Canada but may not be readmitted if she leaves.

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