Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Israel sends Jenin prisoner into Gaza exile

Date: 26 / 05 / 2009 Time: 11:56

Nablus – Ma’an – Israel has decided to maroon a Palestinian prisoner in Gaza when he finishes a 12-year prison term on Tuesday, isolating him from his home and family in the West Bank, according to the Wa’ad prisoners organization.

In a statement the organization said that they would nonetheless organize a celebration for the release of Mahmoud Azam, from the West Bank city of Jenin.

Wa’ad said that the deportation of West Bank prisoners to Gaza is a longstanding Israeli policy and a violation of international law.

The organization also said that Azam is “one of the leaders of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement.”

Israel deports a Palestinian prisoner to Gaza

Gaza, May 26, 2009, (Ramattan)- Israeli occupation forces deported a Palestinian prisoner to the Gaza Strip after he spent 12 year in prison.

Ramattan reporter said that Mahmoud Azzam, from Jenin city in the West bank, has arrived Gaza today as Israel did not allow him to return to his house.

Azzam was detained in 1997 while he was trying to return to the West Bank through King Hussein border crossing.

Israel used considering deported tens of Palestinians from the West Bank to Gaza in the last decade, and refuse to allow them to return to their homes in the West Bank.