AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Nativity Church deportees in Gaza and European countries called on PA to raise their case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after granting Palestine non-Member Observer State status in the United Nations.
On the third anniversary of the deportee Abdullah Daoud’s death, the Nativity Church deportees issued a statement condemning the continued PA indifference towards their issue after spending 12 years away from their families and homeland in light of the Israeli ban on their families to visit them in their exile since more than 10 years.
The deportees called for activating their issue in all international forums to expose the Israeli crimes and to allow their families’ visits to Gaza through Beit Hanoun crossing.
The statement called for putting an end to the ongoing deportations against Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, stressing the need to provide a decent life for the deportees and their families till their return.
The Israeli occupation has deported on May 10, 2002 about 39 Palestinians from the Nativity Church after storming the city of Bethlehem, where they were besieged inside the church for more than a month and then deported to the Gaza strip and some European countries for several years following a deal with the PA, but the Israeli authorities breached the agreement and refused to return them.