Friday, January 22, 2010

Fayyad meets Nativity Church deportees in Spain

Bethlehem – Ma’an – Prime Minister Salam Fayyad met with several of the Nativity Church deportees during his visit to Spain on Wednesday, the group's spokesperson in Europe Jihad Je’ara said.

The deportees, exiled to Europe following a standoff between the group and Israeli forces in 2002 that saw negotiations mediate their release and expulsion, face increasing difficulties in their host countries, some of which have threatened to expel them over the years.

Je’ara said the three who managed to meet with Fayyad explained the details of their difficulties, and requested the prime minister contact European governments to smooth over issues. According to Je'ara, Fayyad said he would look into the cases and promised to make their situations in exile more tolerable.

Those who met with Fayyad were identified by Je’ara as: Muhammad Abu Said exiled to Italy, Anan Khamis exiled to Portugal, and Ahmad Hamamra exiled to Spain.

Alongside Fayyad, the deportees met with Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki and Ramzi Khourym, President of the National Fund.