New rule paves way for West Bank deportation
The Israeli army is to enact a ruling that could leave tens of thousands of Palestinians vulnerable to deportation from the West Bank, human rights groups warned yesterday.
A coalition of 10 Israeli rights groups appealed to the Defence Ministry not to enact the military order, due to come into effect tomorrow, that would define anyone in the West Bank who does not hold an Israeli permit as an "infiltrator".
Those without a permit would be liable to seven years in prison and the cost of their deportation. "Most of the people there don't have any permit at all," said Elad Cahana, a lawyer for one of the groups. (© The Times, London)