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The Supreme Court and Expulsion of Terror Accomplices

27 August 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Nine members of the Israel Supreme Court were in special session yesterday to continue discussing the issue of expulsion of terrorist accomplices from the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) to the Gaza Strip.  Previously the Court allowed for the destruction of the terrorists’ homes and this has already put a damper on ‘would be’ attackers as mentioned here last week.  The threat of family expulsion to Gaza has applied even more pressure.  In a new phenomena, some thirty terrorists have turned themselves in to Israeli security forces, many negotiating compromises before surrender.

According to the Israeli daily Ma’ariv, the terrorists are convinced they will eventually be caught by the army and/or the General Security Services.  What is not said is that many are very worried about the future of their families, otherwise logic dictates they should continue in their underground lifestyle.  It is quite possible the security forces have found the best (although not foolproof) deterrent to suicide bombers through house destruction and expulsion to Gaza of family members involved in terror complicity.

Leah Tzemel, defense attorney for those slated for expulsion speaks of the illegal ‘collective punishment’ of expulsion for family members who were accomplices for terror actions.  She also speaks of her clients ‘human rights’.  Expulsion as punishment is not ‘collective’ but rather directed at those who aided in terror activities.  The alternative is for them to be jailed in Israel.

Does this mean life in an Israeli maximum security prison is preferable to living in the Palestinian Authority controlled Gaza Strip?  And in the past decades has anyone ever heard attorney Tzemel speak of the ‘human rights’ of victims of Palestinian terror?

Israel’s Supreme Court is known to be ultra-liberal.  It will be interesting to see where they draw the line on ‘human rights’.