Salah Hamouri: Israel deports French-Palestinian lawyer


Israel deported a French-Palestinian lawyer it accused of organizing, inciting and planning “terrorist attacks” to France early Sunday morning, Israeli authorities stated, in a case that an Israeli human rights group referred to as a “gross violation of basic rights.”

Salah Hamouri’s Israeli residency was revoked two weeks in the past primarily based on accusations by Israel he was energetic within the Fashionable Entrance for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), based on Israel’s inside ministry. The PFLP is designated by the European Union and the USA as a terrorist group.

“During his life he organized, incited and planned to carry out terrorist attacks himself and for the organization against citizens and prominent figures in Israel,” a press release from the inside ministry stated.

In a voice message posted on the Instagram account of the official Palestinian civil society marketing campaign for Hamouri on Sunday, Hamouri stated he was being “forcibly deported and uprooted from my homeland.”

“I leave you today from prison to exile. But rest assured that I will always remain the person you know. Always loyal to you and to your freedom,” Hamouri stated within the message.

Hamouri, who had been in an Israeli jail since March on administrative detention with out formal prices, has denied involvement in terrorist organizations, and human rights teams have condemned Israel’s actions.

“Deporting a Palestinian from their homeland for breach of allegiance to the state of Israel is a dangerous precedent and a gross violation of basic rights,” human rights group HaMoked stated in a press release on Sunday.

The Israel-based group referred to as Hamouri’s deportation a “gross violation of basic rights.”

France’s Overseas Ministry stated the deportation was “against the law.”

The ministry stated France has been working “to ensure that Mr. Salah Hamouri’s rights are respected, that he benefits from all means of recourse and that he can lead a normal life in Jerusalem, where he was born, resides and wishes to live.”

The assertion from the overseas ministry expressed France’s “opposition to the expulsion of a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, an occupied territory under the Fourth Geneva Convention.” Israel disputes that east Jerusalem, which it captured in 1967, is occupied territory.

Hamouri had been held beforehand by Israeli authorities. He has all the time maintained his innocence of Israeli accusations towards him.

In 2005 he was tried and convicted of engaged on a plan to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founding father of the Shas ultra-orthodox political get together.

He was launched in 2011 as a part of an trade of 1,027 Palestinian and different Arab prisoners held by Israel as a part of a deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas in 2006.

He had been residing and dealing as a lawyer in Jerusalem since then, together with doing work as a human-rights lawyer for Adameer, a corporation that helps Palestinian prisoners. Adameer was outlawed by Israel earlier this yr in a transfer condemned by UN officers.

Hamouri was born in east Jerusalem, though he additionally holds French citizenship.

Leah Tsemel, Hamouri’s lawyer, advised CNN on Sunday that Hamouri’s case is a “test bullet” for the inside ministry to disclaim residency of east Jerusalem residents.

“We will have to address the issue in principle in a petition to the Supreme Court soon regarding the unconstitutionality of denying residency to a person that was born in Jerusalem under occupation and does not have a duty of loyalty, the violation of which is the reason for denying his residency,” Zemel advised CNN.

HaMoked beforehand appealed the choice to revoke Hamouri’s residency and requested an injunction to forestall his deportation till its case difficult the legality of the regulation is heard, however the Supreme Courtroom rejected each pleas.

HaMoked stated it is going to be in a position to file a brand new petition to the Excessive Courtroom as soon as the brand new Israeli authorities takes energy within the coming weeks.