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Israel Approves Forced Expulsions of Families of 'Suspected Terrorists'

August 13, 2002
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An Israeli military court yesterday approved the expulsion of three Palestinian relatives of people accused by Israel of being terrorists. Israeli radio said they will be moved from the West Bank to Gaza.

The expulsions are the first of their kind. Israel says it decided to use this tactic as a deterrent measure. Last month, the Israeli military attempted to expel 19 relatives, apparently intending to send them all to Gaza. But the Israeli Attorney General ruled that only relatives who are directly connected to attacks on Israel can be punished. Human Rights activists fear these expulsions are only a precursor to exile from the Occupied Territories entirely.

Already, Israel is destroying family homes of people it accuses of being terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Israel military has apologized to Ha’aretz correspondent Gideon Levy. On Sunday, an Israeli soldier shot at the car in which Levy was traveling, near the West Bank town of Tul Karm.

The incident occurred Sunday morning as the taxi, which had Israeli license plates, approached an army post. Shots hit the bulletproof windshield of the armored taxi. Also in the car were a Haaretz photographer and a representative from the organization Physicians for Human Rights. They were not injured.

Guests:

  • Gideon Levy, columnist for the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz.
  • Adam Shapiro, International Solidarity Movement.
  • Rick Rowley, filmmaker with Bignoise Tactical Media.
  • Jacquie Soohen, filmmaker with Bignoise Tactical Media.

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