Palestinians deported by Israel from the occupied West Bank and the Jewish state have called on the international community for help to return to their homes. Speaking during a press conference held at the Gaza headquarters of the International Red Cross, the deportees also called for legal action to be taken against the Israeli leaders responsible for their deportation. The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits occupying powers from transferring or expelling the local population of the land under occupation.
The deportees stressed their right to return to their homes and announced their determination to organise many events to publicise their plight. They are currently living in a tent established as an act of protest at the Beit Hanoun/Erez Border Crossing in the north of the Gaza Strip through which their expulsion took place. The conditions there are said to be very difficult, due to the very low incomes of the latest victims of Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies.