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Monday April 12, 2010 6:13 PM (EST+7)
PM Fayyad condemns Israeli military order, calls for international assistance

Read more: Salam Fayyad, Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration, Palestinian expulsion, Israeli military

RAMALLAH, Apr. 12 (JMCC) - Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad released a statement condemning the Israeli military provision, set to take effect Tuesday, that opens up the possibility of mass expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank.

Fayyad said the order is in violation of international law which prohibits forced deportations, as well as international humanitarian law and past agreements between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Government of Israel.

Fayyad called on the United States, the Quartet, and the international community to pressure Israel to abide by international law and force the reversal of the Order in question.

He further called on Israel to halt the undermining of Palestinian efforts to build strong and effective institutions able at serving its citizens.

The military order, which was signed six-months ago, alters the text of the Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration originally established in 1969. Starting Tuesday, an 'infiltrator' will be classified as anyone inside the West Bank who does not hold a permit authorized by the Military Commander for the West Bank, or someone in his charge.

This applies to thousands of Palestinians whose permanent address is either Gaza or Jerusalem, as well as to foreigners living in the West Bank for various reasons, including marriage to a Palestinian resident.

The military will essentially be able to expel people en masse under cover of having no military permits. The military order was decried by several human rights organizations inside Israel.







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