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New Israeli bill seeks to expel family members of Palestinians convicted of attacks

By Eli Lillis - November 11, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Israeli law] [forced transfer]

The Jewish Home party will submit a bill to the ministerial committee for legislation that would allow Israeli authorities to deport families of Palestinians convicted as 'terrorists.’

The law currently allows Israeli authorities to deport families of those convicted of 'terrorism’ if the defence establishment can prove they constitute a danger to the public.
The new law would, if passed, allow the expulsion of individuals who acted as 'accomplices in terror attacks,’ including family members who were aware of their relative’s intentions or otherwise supported their attacks.
Specifically, the bill would allow the military to forcibly displace Palestinian families to another area of the occupied West Bank.
The committee received proposals from other right-wing groups that recommended other disciplinary measures, such as cancelling Israeli citizenship, withdrawing work permits and imposing economic sanctions on relatives of those convicted.
No evidence was presented showing that any of the various punitive measures effectively deterred attacks.
MK Moti Yogev, who sponsored the bill, said the legislation is created to avoid censure by the Supreme Court, since the expulsions would be within the West Bank.
The court has previously ruled that it is illegal to deport families of those convicted of terrorism to Lebanon or Gaza because they are foreign countries.
“Deterrent is a cornerstone of Israel’s security as a way to save lives and preserve law and order,” the statement explaining the bill said.
“The requested step in this bill has been proven as a deterrent, reducing future attacks and thus saving lives.”
Israel frequently uses collective punishment in an effort to deter Palestinians from fighting the occupation, demolishing family homes and revoking work permits, a measure which international rights groups have repeatedly condemned as illegal.
Israeli occupation forces have demolished some 45 homes of families of Palestinians convicted of terrorism since 2015.
Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has rejected the notion of expelling families of Palestinian terrorists to Gaza.
Mandelblit recently ruled that deporting the families of those who carry out attacks against Israeli citizens is against Israeli and International law.

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