Campaign warns against legalizing banishment of Palestinian officials

[ 14/05/2011 – 05:20 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The international campaign to Free PLC Members has sent messages to secretary-general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and president of the European Parliament warning against decisions that could be made by the Israeli supreme court legalizing the banishment of Palestinian public officials.

Palestinian Legislative Council members and a former minister from Jerusalem were ordered to appear in court on Tuesday to decide on the validity of the Israeli interior ministry’s decision to revoke their citizenship and banish them from their native city.

Free PLC Members expressed fear over the decision that would ensue, as the hearing comes in light of a campaign of arrests and trials targeting PLC members.

Israel denies international laws requiring the cessation of the banishment decision, the statement says, calling for increased efforts to make a proactive attempt to address any unjust rulings that could be issued by the court. It also emphasized the need for more pressure to be exerted against Israel to stop the continued abuses of PLC members.

PLC members representing Jerusalem Mohammed Totah and Ahmed Attoun and former Palestinian Authority minister Khalid Abu Arafa have been seeking asylum at the Red Cross in Jerusalem since early July 2010, as the men are under threat of being exiled from Jerusalem at any moment, as was done with Mohammed Abu Teir, who was exiled on December 8, 2010.

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