Three Hamas legislators and a former minister from the Islamist movement have been stripped of their Israeli-issued ID cards and ordered to leave Jerusalem.
The decision to confiscate their ID cards and deport them from the city was taken by the Interior Ministry because of their affiliation with a terror organization. Last week the High Court of Justice upheld the decision.
“No one can tolerate the expulsion of people from their homes or the revocation of their [Jerusalem] ID cards,” Abbas told reporters after meeting in Ramallah with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann. “This is something unimaginable.”
Abbas condemned the Israeli decision as a major obstacle to peace (as if the fact that the guy denies the Holocaust, is an Islamic terrorist, and honors terrorist by naming streets after them, isn't -JIDF edit)
On Wednesday night, Abbas met in his office with three of the Hamas representatives slated for deportation from Jerusalem: legislators Ahmed Attoun and Mohammed Totah and former [Hamas] Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Khaled Abu Arafeh. The fourth Hamas representative who has also been ordered to leave Jerusalem is Mohammed Abu Tir, who was recently released from an Israeli prison.
The meeting between Abbas and the Hamas representatives was the first of its kind in many months. Abbas has rarely met with Hamas members since the movement seized full control of the Gaza Strip three years ago.
Abbas’s security forces in the West Bank have been launching a massive crackdown on Hamas supporters over the past two years. Nearly 1,000 Hamas supporters are believed to be held without trial in various PA-controlled prisons throughout the West Bank.
Nimer Hammad, a political adviser to Abbas, condemned the decision to deport the Hamas men from Jerusalem as “part of Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing” in the city.
He said that the PA would do its utmost to prevent the deportation of the men from Jerusalem. He pointed out that the Hamas legislators had been elected in the 2006 parliamentary election.
“We can’t talk about making peace while
He added that Israel’s “arbitrary measures” against Arabs in Jerusalem were at the top of Abbas’s agenda. “The president raises this issue at all meetings,” the adviser said. “We have also raised this problem with the Americans.”
Abu Tir said that the Jerusalem Police have asked him to leave the city by Friday midnight.
He claimed that a police officer who phoned him with the message warned him that he would face arrest and forced expulsion if he did not leave Jerusalem voluntarily before the end of the deadline. Abu Tir, a resident of the village of Sur Bahir in Jerusalem, said he has no other place to go to. (try Jordan -JIDF)