Jordan's gov't, parliament condemn Israeli expulsion order

09:17, April 15, 2010      

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Jordan on Wednesday rejected and condemned a recent Israeli military order that could lead to the expulsion of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, labeling the rule as "illegal and illegitimate."

In an official statement released Wednesday, the government said the Israeli order is "in stark violation of international and humanitarian laws, conventions and norms," adding that it is a clear violation of Israel's commitments as an occupation force in the Palestinian territories.

"Any measures or acts taken by Israel in this regard are legally invalid," the statement said.

The Israeli military order, scheduled to go into effect as of Tuesday, allows for the deportation of Palestinians in the West Bank. It considers any person who lives in the West Bank without having an Israeli permission as an infiltrator that can be deported or jailed for seven years.

The Jordanian government said Israel should immediately stop implementing the order and freeze all unilateral, provocative and serious measures in the Palestinian territories, underscoring Jordan's support for the Palestinians and the Palestinian National Authority.

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