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Israel to deport West Bank Palestinian detainee to Gaza Strip

July 31, 2017 8:17 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2017 1:26 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Israeli authorities issued a decision to deport Palestinian “youth” Karim Falah Ramadan Abed Rabu, a resident of the occupied West Bank, to the besieged Gaza Strip, according to a Monday statement from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs. 

According to the committee, Israeli forces detained Abed Rabu from his home in the Ramallah-area al-Jalazun refugee camp on July 28 and was being held in Israel’s Ofer prison. 

The committee did not specify why Abed Rabu was detained or why the decision was made to deport him to Gaza. It also remained unclear when Abed Rabu would be deported. 

Abed Rabu, according to the committee, was born in the West Bank, while “his family origins are from the Gaza Strip.”

Israel’s policy of deporting West Bank Palestinians to the Gaza Strip during the Second Intifada, when the Israeli government decided to forcibly transfer from the West Bank relatives of Palestinians who had killed and injured Israelis, according to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. 

According to Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer, threats of deportation to Gaza are used by Israeli authorities during interrogation as a form of pressure in order to coerce Palestinian detainees into providing a confession.

B’Tselem has called the policy “collective punishment,” and noted in a 2011 report that the Fourth Geneva Convention “prohibits the deportation or forcible transfer of residents of occupied territory,” and also “forbids collective punishment and harm to innocent persons as a means of deterrence.”

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