Days of Palestine

Tuesday, January 31

Israel ministers back expulsion of anti-occupation Palestinians

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Israeli ministers voted on Sunday to advance bill that would see relatives of Palestinians fighting Israeli occupation expelled from their homes, The Times of Israeli reported.

The decision by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation means that the bill will now move to the Knesset plenum, though there is no date set yet for the first vote.

According to the law, proposed by Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev, “within a week” of an alleged attack – or even an attempted attack against the Israeli occupation – Israeli forces “will be permitted to expel the relatives of the Palestinian fighter from their hometowns to other parts of the West Bank”.

Opposition to the law has been expressed by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and the Shin Bet.

Meanwhile, Professor Yuval Shany, chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, has told the Israeli Army Radio that the law could bring charges against officials at the International Criminal Court.

“International law cannot accept in any way the expulsion of families of terrorists, also not to Ramallah or Jenin,” Shany said.

“You cannot punish a person for something someone else did. It will not pass the Supreme Court but will reach the Hague,” he added.