21-year-old Palestinian Fouad Abu Rajab Tamimi.

Family of Palestinian assailant deported to the occupied West Bank

PNN/Jerusalem

Israel denied residency and transferred to the occupied West Bank five family members of Fouad Abu Rajab, 21, a Palestinian killed by the IOF after shooting and injuring two Israeli officers, according to the Israeli Public Security Ministry and Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer.

According to the Jpost, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, immediately following the shootings, instructed the Israeli police to investigate the legal status of Fouad’s family.

“My instructions to the [Israeli] police were clear: Whoever is here [Jerusalem] illegally will be deported. We will continue to fight terrorism on all fronts with full force and those who support, finance or help terrorism will pay a high price,” said Erdan.

The investigation concluded that the family had filed for residency status in Jerusalem but it had not yet been approved.

Rajab’s father and sister and Rajab himself did not have any legal resident status and were therefore considered to be living illegally in the occupied east Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiya.

Following the decision, Israeli police transported the family members – all of whom lived in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Issawiya – to Qalandiya military checkpoint, according to Addameer.

The five family members were identified as Abu Rajab’s mother, his two sisters Reem and Rose, aged 19 and 16, and his two brothers Mahmoud and Muhammad, aged 15 and 14.

Tamimi was shot dead by the Israeli occupation forces on March 8 after allegedly firing gunshots at Israeli soldiers near Salah al-Din Street in occupied East al-Quds, injuring two Israeli officers.

Israel has in the past revoked Jerusalem residency from family members of Palestinian assailants.

The residency status of 107 Palestinian residents in occupied East Jerusalem was revoked in 2014, adding to the 14,309 Palestinians who have lost residency since 1967 despite being from the area.

On Wednesday a bill was formally submitted to the Israeli Knesset by Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) to deport the family members of Palestinian assailants who were killed by the IOF since October last year to the Gaza Strip.