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Jerusalemite MPs seek refuge in Red Cross compound to avoid Israeli expulsion

July 1, 2010 at 11:48 am

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) has been following the story of three members of the Palestinian parliament and one ex-minister in Jerusalem who have been threatened with the choice of forced expulsion from their home city or arrest by the Israeli authorities. Yesterday it was reported that the Israeli Occupation Authorities had detained Shaykh Muhammad Abu Tir, who was then transferred to Al Maskubiya prison in preparation for his expulsion from Jerusalem. Today, news has emerged that the remaining three have sought refuge in the International Red Cross office in Jerusalem. This is a new twist on the story. Having sought sanctuary with an international organisation such as the Red Cross will this motivate the international community to take up their case and demand that Israel drop its demands, which are in clear violation of international laws. MEMO contacted the FCO for their response to this latest development and asked if they will intervene on behalf of these elected officials who are being persecuted by Israel but the FCO have yet to respond.