08/02/2019

Urgent Action Update: Palestinian Journalist Still Arbitrarily Held (Israel/OPT: UA 41.19)


During the night of 21/22 July 2019, Israeli authorities attempted a war crime by trying to forcibly deport Palestinian photojournalist Mustafa al-Kharouf to Jordan, where he has no citizenship or residency rights. Jordan refused his deportation and he is back in arbitrary detention in Israel. His deportation attempt came after the Israeli Supreme Court rejected his appeal to be granted family unification with his wife and child on the basis that he “has not proven his statelessness”. Mustafa al-Kharouf has a hearing in an Israeli deportation court in August for his release.

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Aryeh Makhlouf Deri
Minister of Interior Affairs
2 Kaplan Street
PO Box 6158
Kiryat Ben-Gurion
Jerusalem, 91061, Israel
Fax: + 972 2 670 1628
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Ron Dermer
Embassy of Israel
3514 International Drive NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 364 5500
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @IsraelinUSA @AmbDermer
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Minister Aryeh Deri,

During the night of 21/22 July 2019, the Israeli immigration authorities, which report to your office, took Mustafa al-Kharouf from Givon prison in Ramle and attempted to forcibly deport him to Jordan. Deportation of protected persons from occupied territory is prohibited by Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention and constitutes a war crime. Jordanian authorities refused his deportation as he does not hold legal status to live in Jordan. Mustafa al-Kharouf is now back in arbitrary detention in Israel.

Mustafa al-Kharouf has been arbitrarily detained at Givon prison since 22 January 2019, pending his deportation. His arrest came after the Israeli Ministry of Interior Affairs denied his request for family unification and ordered his immediate deportation to Jordan. Amnesty International fears that Mustafa al-Kharouf’s arbitrary detention is intended to stop him from carrying out his journalistic work.

I urge you to immediately release Mustafa al-Kharouf from Givon prison, and, in line with Israel’s obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention, ensure that he can remain safely in his home by granting him permanent residency status in East Jerusalem.

Yours sincerely,

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