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Palestinian left few places to go after Jerusalem ban renewed

May 1, 2015 10:46 P.M. (Updated: May 2, 2015 1:23 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian activist has been left few places to go after the Israeli authorities on Thursday renewed a ban prohibiting him from entering Jerusalem, having also banned him from entering the West Bank and travelling abroad.

Dawoud al-Ghoul, 32, was initially banned from his hometown of Jerusalem in November for six-months, and on Thursday the ban was renewed by an extra four months.

He was separately issued a six-month ban in December that prohibited him from entering the West Bank, and in April the Israeli Ministry of the Interior issued a six-month ban preventing him from travelling abroad.

The bans came after Israeli intelligence identified al-Ghoul as "a danger to public security," although by prohibiting him from leaving the country, it is unclear where they expect him to go.

The activist comes from the neighborhood of Silwan, south of the Old City in East Jerusalem.

Al-Ghoul told Ma'an that he had appealed to all parties but that his appeals had been rejected for "security" reasons.

He said that the bans had forced him to leave his job and to end his Master's studies.

Al-Ghoul was among five Palestinians to be banned from Jerusalem last November, prompting Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat to speak out.

Erekat said: "Israel's policy of coercive deportation, which has affected five citizens, is illegal in the first place, and is nothing but a consolidation of Israel's policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, especially in Jerusalem."
Outlier / USA
Israel's right to security supersedes Al--Ghoul's right to freedom of movement. He doubtless will be smarter regarding his actions in the future.
02/05/2015 00:25
Jon / USA
Just slike South Africa's need for security superseded Nelson Mandela's rights to freedom of movement. Apartheid Israel has no right to stope people from living decent lives.
02/05/2015 17:19
Robert Haymond / Israel
According to him, the bans forced him to leave his job and abandon his Master's studies. Did he think that he could do whatever he pleased, endanger Israel's security and pay no penalty? Sounds like an immature student who wanted to not only protest but endanger the state without any consequences..
02/05/2015 20:53
Tibi / Tubas
Israel believes that al-Ghoul is "a danger to public security," so
both people should "expect him to go" to jail, and house-arrest
should be considered by both, as an acceptable compromise !!
02/05/2015 21:59
@ Outlier / USA
Palestinians have continued the same fantasies for 67 years, so
most likely he will NOT "be smarter regarding his future actions !!
02/05/2015 22:01
yuval / exile
@ outlier: another one of those "shared values between USA and israel"? no right to habeas corpus. Sorry, if he committed a crime, charge him, if not let him be.
03/05/2015 00:30
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