Palestinians concern over Israel's West Bank expulsion order

15:00, April 12, 2010      

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by Fares Akram, Emad Drimly

Palestinian officials on Sunday said they were concerned after reports said Israel was going to expel thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank.

On Sunday, Israel Ha'aretz newspaper reported that a new order to the Israeli army would deport Palestinians who were originally born outside the West Bank, including their children even if they were born there.

Ghassan Al-Khatib, spokesman for the Palestinian government in the West Bank, said the decision was "a very dangerous, dramatic development." He added the Palestinians "will counter that order in all means."

The decision, in its earliest phase, would target Palestinians whose ID cards were issued in the Gaza Strip. Later, foreign women married to Palestinians would also be deported, according to Ha' aretz.

Moreover, the order allows the Israeli authorities to deal with those people as infiltrators who might face a detention sentence up to seven years.

Al-Khatib said that the order "violates the Palestinian people' s rights in citizenship and living in any part of the Palestinian land."

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