ISRAEL’S High Court has ordered the government to reverse its expulsion of four East Jerusalem residents for having been elected to the Palestinian Authority’s legislature.
After 11 years of legal battles, the court ruled on Wednesday that the Interior Ministry must cancel its decision to strip MPs Mohammad Abu Tir, Ahmad Attoun and Mohammad Totah and former minister Khaled Abu Arafeh of their residency rights, the Wafa news agency reported.
The ministry accused the four of a “breach of loyalty and trust” after the four were elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council on the Hamas-backed Change and Reform List.
They were forced to leave their family homes in Jerusalem and live in the occupied West Bank. Several were arrested and held without trial under Israel’s system of “administrative detention.”
The four launched their appeal in 2006 and were supported by the Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.