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12 April 2010

Is the state of Israel preparing for another round of “ethnic cleansing”?

Forget settlements -- here’s a new and much bigger threat to the Palestinians in Palestine.

By Mehdi Hasan

From the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:

A new military order aimed at preventing infiltration will come into force this week, enabling the deportation of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank, or their indictment on charges carrying prison terms of up to seven years.

When the order comes into effect, tens of thousands of Palestinians will automatically become criminal offenders liable to be severely punished.

The report adds:

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The new order is the latest step by the Israeli government in recent years to require permits that limit the freedom of movement and residency previously conferred by Palestinian ID cards. The new regulations are particularly sweeping, allowing for criminal measures and the mass expulsion of people from their homes.

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