February 7, 2023

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Salah Hamouri: Israel deports French-Palestinian lawyer

Jerusalem Eureka News Now —

Israel deported a Franco-Palestinian lawyer accused of organizing, instigating and planning “terrorist attacks” to France early Sunday morning, Israeli authorities said, in a case described by an Israeli human rights organization as “a gross violation of the law.” fundamental rights”.

According to Israel’s Interior Ministry, Salah Hamouri’s stay in Israel was revoked two weeks ago following allegations by Israel that he was active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The PFLP is designated a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States.

“Throughout his life he organized, instigated and planned terrorist attacks against citizens and prominent figures in Israel, both himself and for the organization,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

In a voice message posted to the Instagram account of the official Palestinian civil society campaign for Hamouri on Sunday, Hamouri said he would be “forcibly deported and uprooted from my homeland.”

“I leave you today from prison into exile. But rest assured that I will always be the person you know. Always loyal to you and your freedom,” Hamouri said in the message.

Hamouri, who has been held in administrative detention in an Israeli prison since March without formal charge, has denied involvement in terrorist organizations and human rights groups have condemned Israel’s actions.

“The deportation of a Palestinian from his homeland for betrayal of allegiance to the State of Israel sets a dangerous precedent and a gross violation of fundamental rights,” human rights organization HaMoked said in a statement on Sunday.

The Israel-based organization called Hamouri’s deportation a “gross violation of fundamental rights.”

France’s Foreign Ministry said the deportation was “against the law”.

The ministry said France was working “to ensure that Mr Salah Hamouri’s rights are respected, that he benefits from all legal remedies and that he can lead a normal life in Jerusalem, where he was born, lives and wants to live.” ”

The Foreign Ministry statement expressed France’s “objection to the expulsion of a Palestinian resident from East Jerusalem, an occupied territory, under the Fourth Geneva Convention.” Israel denies that East Jerusalem, which it captured in 1967, is occupied territory.

Hamouri had previously been detained by Israeli authorities. He has always maintained his innocence of Israeli allegations against him.

In 2005 he was tried and convicted of plotting to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder of the ultra-Orthodox Shas political party.

He was released in 2011 as part of an exchange of 1,027 Palestinian and other Arab prisoners held by Israel under a deal to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, kidnapped by Hamas in 2006.

Since then he has lived and worked as a lawyer in Jerusalem, including as a human rights lawyer for Adameer, an organization that helps Palestinian prisoners. Adameer was ostracized by Israel earlier this year, which UN officials have condemned.

Hamouri was born in East Jerusalem, although he also has French citizenship.

Leah Tsemel, Hamouri’s lawyer, told Eureka News Now on Sunday that Hamouri’s case is a “test bullet” for the Interior Ministry to deny residents of east Jerusalem stay.

“We will soon have to address the fundamental issue in a Supreme Court petition regarding the unconstitutionality of denial of residency to a person born in Jerusalem under occupation who does not have a duty of allegiance, breach of which is the reason for denial of residency,” he said Zemel to Eureka News Now.

HaMoked previously appealed the decision to suspend Hamouri’s stay and sought an injunction to prevent his deportation until the case challenging the lawfulness of the law was heard, but the Supreme Court dismissed both pleas.

HaMoked said it will be able to submit a new petition to the High Court once the new Israeli government takes power in the coming weeks.