HEBRON: Update on Deportation & Restrictions

CPTNet
May 22, 2003

HEBRON: Update on Deportation & Restrictions

Time: 4pm Israel/Palestine; 8am Chicago

Threatened Deportation:

An Israeli High Court Judge gave the Israeli government 7 days to respond
to a petition to block the deportation of CPTer Greg Rollins (Surrey, BC),
still in Israeli custody. However, shortly after 3:00pm (Israeli time),
Rollins phoned attorney Jonathan Kuttab saying he was told to get his
things together for immediate departure to the airport. Kuttab contacted
the Judge's office to seek an immediate injunction against the
deportation. According to Kuttab, the judge's assistant viewed the
government move as showing contempt for the judge, and said she would
interrupt the judge in his meeting.

At 12noon (Chicago time) we received word from Kuttab that the Israeli
government agreed to follow the judicial proceedings and honor the seven
day period to review the case. Kuttab has not been able to
contact Rollins directly and it is unclear whether he will have to remain
in prison during this time.

Restrictions on Team:

CPTers called David Glass, Israeli military liaison for NGOs in Hebron, for
clarification of the new military restrictions on international human
rights monitors. According to Glass, team members are at all times
prohibited from Palestinian-controlled H1, but are free to move about
Israeli-controlled H2 even under curfew. Meanwhile, one team member was
given conflicting information from an Israeli soldier at a
checkpoint. When the team asked Glass for these instructions in writing,
he said they should fax their request. Public fax machines are located in
H1.

CPT asks supporters to remain vigilant in prayer as we await further
developments regarding Rollins' deportation and some form of official
clarification of restrictions on the team. Please continue to send faxes,
e-mails and make phone calls to Israel's Interior Minister on behalf of
Greg Rollins:

Interior Minister Avraham Poraz
e-mail: sar@moin.gov.il or aporaz@knesset.gov.il
Fax: (from North America) 011-972-2-566-6376
Phone: 011-972-2-670-1400 (remember 7-10 hour time difference)

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