Deported prisoner protests at Erez
Published Thursday 22/04/2010 (updated) 23/04/2010 14:19
Sabbah sits on a concrete block at the Erez crossing on 21 April 2010.
Gaza – Ma'an – Deported to Gaza on Wednesday after his release from Israeli prison, Tulkarem native Ahmad Sabbah announced a sit-in strike at the Strip's northern Erez crossing in protest.
"I consider myself the first detainee deported to Gaza, and I will stay in this sit-in tent at the Erez terminal until I am allowed to return to my wife and family in Tulkarem," Sabbah said Thursday.
During an interview with Ma'an, Sabbah said the deportation was meant as a further punishment for him, and for all Palestinians detained by Israeli forces.
"Israel is serious about this deportation decision," Sabbah said, saying the country was putting pressure on the Palestinian Authority to let the decision stand.
Sabbah's family was waiting at the Al-Thahriyah crossing in the West Bank to receive their son after 10 years behind bars, but were surprised when Israeli authorities delivered the news that he had already been deported to Gaza.
At the time, Sabbah called the move "discriminatory and harsh."
Ahmad As-Sabah, deported to Gaza on 21 April 2010, stands at the Eerez
crossing after Hamas officials refused him entry into the Strip.
Israel expels Beersheba man to Gaza
Published 26/04/2010 11:56
Gaza – Ma'an – Israeli authorities expelled Ahmad Au’da Abu Shalluf, married to a Palestinian woman from the Israeli city of Beersheba, and deported him to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, witnesses said.
Abu Shalluf, born to refugee parents in the Gaza Strip, but living in Israel with is wife for the past several years, was visiting an eye clinic in Jerusalem when Israeli forces entered the building, handcuffed the man and walked him out to a police vehicle, eyewitnesses described.
De facto government security officials confirmed that he was taken to the Erez crossing, between Israel and Gaza, and forced to enter the besieged enclave.
The security officials said they refused to receive Abu Shalluf, as they refused to accept Ahmad As-Sabah, a Palestinian man freed from Israeli prison and deported to Gaza. As-Sabah's wife and children live in the West Bank city of Tulkarem.
Officials from the Wa'ed Prisoners Society said that on his arrival, Abu Sahlluf refused to enter Gaza and returned to the Israeli side of the checkpoint, demanding his release.
Last week, Israeli forces detained a Gaza-born man in the Palestinian city of Yaffa, inside Israel, and deported him to Gaza as he underwent medical tests in a local hospital. He also demanded to be released, and following several hours, Israeli officials reversed their decision and allowed the man to return to his family.
While the details of the cases have been closely guarded by Israeli officials, rights groups believe the expulsions are related to Israel's military order number 1650, which went into effect on 13 April. The orders expanded the definition of an "infiltrator" to any individual residing in an area under Israeli control who does not have express permission to be in the area from the Israeli government.
The law does not specify what kind of permission individuals need in order to remain in their homes, and has been called "reminiscent of past laws under apartheid South Africa," by the South African government.
Source: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=278467 & http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=279394
Original articles published on April 22 & 26, 2010
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