Fatah warns of Israeli plan to expel 600 Jerusalemites 27Feb11 February 28, 2011

WAFA Palestine News & Info Agency -  27 February 2011

The Fatah movement yesterday warned of an Israeli plan to expel 600 Bedoiun residents from Wadi Abu Hindi, a valley located between Ma’ale Adumim and Qedar settlements southeast of Jerusalem.

Hatem Abdul Qader, the Palestinian official responsible for Jerusalem affairs and member of Fatah Revolutionary Council, said the Israeli military handed eviction notices to dozens of Bedouin families in Wadi Abu Hindi valley to deport them by the end of the month.

He said the eviction orders come in parallel with scores of others to deport Bedouin families living near Adam and Ma’ale Mikhmas settlements, in order to expand the settlements of Ma’ale Adumim, Ma’ale Mikhmas and Qedar.

Shlomo Lecker, an Israeli lawyer who frequently acts on behalf of Palestinians, is going to the Israeli Supreme Court to issue injunctions against the eviction orders by the Israeli army, Abdul Qader added.

The Palestinian National Ministerial Committee on Jerusalem Affairs dedicated ten college scholarships for Bedouin students in Jerusalem and is studying other projects in the area, in order to support the Bedouin presence in the face of deportation and settlement schemes by Israel.

Israeli authorities had tried to demolish cattle feeding areas belonging to Bedouins in Wadi Abu Hindi and to deport the residents in 1997, but they resorted to the Israeli Supreme Court which ruled against the deportation orders.

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