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Abbas: PA will act against Israel's deportation orders

April 19, 2010 7:07 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2010 9:09 A.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma'an – President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority will counter all attempts made by Israeli authorities to implement two military orders mandating the deportation of Palestinians from the West Bank.

Abbas' remarks were made following a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Monday, where he told his counterpart that the PA had already begun to work against the military orders.

"Israel does not have the right to deport any Palestinian, the Palestinian authority will not allow it," Abbas said. "Our basic agreement with Israel is that the West Bank and Gaza are one geographic entity under the Palestinian Authority. Israel's decision is an act of provocation and was meant to anger Palestinians."

Countering the Israeli government's comments that the orders would only be applied to Palestinians without ID cards, Abbas assured that all Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip hold the necessary identity documents.

Abbas added the PA would consider bringing the case before the UN Security Council if all other options are exhausted and Palestinian-Israeli negotiations to not resume.

The Palestinian president further said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had failed to propose positive steps to the resumption of peace talks.

Additionally, Abbas discussed a number of issues relating to the Palestinian political process and recent developments in the occupied Palestinian territories with Mubarak.

The new regulations, under Israeli military order number 1650, expanded the definition of an "infiltrator" to any person residing in the West Bank without Israeli permission. The revelation of the order sparked wide interpretations of who would be targeted by the new rules with various Palestinian and Israeli rights groups warning of mass deportations of Palestinians from the West Bank.

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