[News] Israel orders wife of Palestinian jailed for Facebook comments expelled from Jerusalem
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Tue May 26 14:44:19 EDT 2015
Israel orders wife of Palestinian jailed for Facebook comments
expelled from Jerusalem
Submitted by Patrick Strickland on Mon, 05/25/2015
Israeli occupation authorities delivered an order to Muna Shalabi, the
wife of a recently sentenced Palestinian prisoner, informing her that
they intend to expel her from her hometown of Jerusalem
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/east-jerusalem> for “security reasons.”
Shalabi, 43, is from the Sawaneh neighborhood of occupied East
Jerusalem, and was informed by Israel’s interior ministry that she must
leave the city for an unspecified amount of time, according to the
publication /Arab48/ <http://www.arab48.com/?mod=articles&ID=1158529>.
Shalabi’s husband Omar, 44, was earlier this month sentenced to nine
months in an Israeli prison after an Israeli court found him guilty of
“supporting terrorism” and “incitement” for comments he wrote on
Facebook last December.
Omar, the former secretary of Jerusalem’s branch of the Fatah
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/fatah> political party, was one of
eight Palestinians from the city arrested in December for Facebook comments.
The court cited “statuses” and comments he wrote in support of armed
activities against Israelis following the kidnapping and murder of
17-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/muhammad-abu-khudair> by Israeli
settlers last July, according
<http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel/.premium-1.657173> to the Israeli
daily /Haaretz <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/haaretz>/.
Sami Deis, a 27-year-old Palestinian Jerusalemite who was arrested at
the same time as Shalabi, was sentenced to eight months in prison for
similar charges relating to a Facebook page – titled “Death to Israel” –
that he created and administered.
*“Worry and fear” *
With Omar in prison, Muna is the sole parent taking care of their six
children, who are aged 7-22 years old, /Arab48/ adds.
Held in Gilboa prison in northern present-day Israel, Omar is one of an
estimated 5,820 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli lockup,
according <http://www.addameer.org> to the Ramallah-based prisoner
support group Addameer <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/addameer>.
The order does not specify the “security threat” that his wife poses
— she has not been accused of any crime — by remaining in their family’s
home. Although Israel’s interior ministry claims that it gave her 21
days to appeal the order, Shalabi denies that she was given any such
Since receiving the order, Muna and her children have lived in “a
situation of worry and fear” and she “appeals to relevant human rights
and legal institutions and the international community for quick
intervention… to stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies against
Jerusalemites and [Palestinians’] presence in Jerusalem,” /Arab48/ reports.
Israel’s practice of banning Palestinians from Jerusalem is nothing new.
In December 2014, five Palestinian activists from Jerusalem were banned
from the city. Among them was Daoud al-Ghoul
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/daoud-al-ghoul>, a 31-year-old
activist and tour guide.
Six days after receiving the original banning order, al-Ghoul received a
military court decree in Ramallah
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/ramallah>, where he had relocated,
banning him from the occupied West Bank
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/west-bank> in its entirety, as The
Electronic Intifada reported
at the time.
Al-Ghoul has since lived in Haifa
<http://electronicintifada.net/tags/haifa>, a coastal city in central
present-day Israel, and is unable to continue his work as a tour guide
for the time being.
More than 300,000 Palestinians live in neighborhoods throughout East
Jerusalem, where they regularly endure harassment and violence by
Israeli occupation forces and settlers
Palestinians native to the city are treated by Israeli occupation
authorities as if they, not Israel which occupied the city in 1967, are
Banning Palestinians from the city is just one of several methods Israel
employs to expedite the ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem and push the
indigenous population out. Israel also regularly demolishes Palestinian
homes in the city and revokes
Since Israel’s military occupation of the city in 1967, at least 14,416
Palestinians have had their residency revoked, according
<http://www.hamoked.org/Document.aspx?dID=Updates1483> to the Israeli
rights group Hamoked <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/hamoked>. In
2014 alone, Israel revoked the residency of 107 Palestinians from East
Jerusalem, among them 56 women and 14 children.
These revocations have a much greater impact than on the individual
targeted, as they often split married couples from each other and
parents from children. Families are left with the prosepct of leaving
the city en masse in order to stay together.
Thousands of children living in East Jerusalem do not carry residency
papers and are thus denied access to healthcare, education and other
basic services, as The Electronic Intifada has reported
in the past.
In November 2014, Israel’s interior ministry revoked the residency
of Nadia Abu Jamal, the wife of a Palestinian who was killed while
attacking Israeli worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue. That attack
resulted in the deaths of five Israelis.
The decision came amid a harsh crackdown by Israeli occupation
on Palestinians in East Jerusalem.
“The formal phrase ‘permanent residency’ is misleading,” the Israeli
human rights group B’Tselem <http://electronicintifada.net/tags/btselem>
observed in a press release
following Abu Jamal’s residency status being revoked.
“This status is far from permanent, as evinced by the recent revocation
and by thousands of previous cases of revocation,” the group continued.
“The only permanent thing about this status is its temporary nature and
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