On 8 July 2021, the Cairo Institute for Human Rights, Addameer, Al-Haq, and France-Palestine Solidarity Association sent a follow-up urgent appeal to UN Special Procedures on the latest actions by Israel to revoke the permanent residency of Palestinian human rights defender Salah Hammouri for so-called “breach of allegiance” to the State of Israel. The Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked announced on 29 June 2021 the adoption of the recommendations to revoke the permanent residency of Mr. Salah Hamouri based on “breach of allegiance,” confirming her intentions to proceed with approving the process, which will then need to be approved by both the Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and the Israeli Minister of Justice Gideon Sa’ar.
Salah Hammouri’s forced residency revocation and potential expulsion comes within the broader context of Israel’s continued expansion of its unlawful colonial-settlement enterprise, including the forcible transfer of Palestinians from Jerusalem, and a campaign to silence opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime. In line with Israel’s demographic plans to unlawfully establish and maintain a Jewish majority in the city, Palestinians in occupied and illegally annexed East Jerusalem live with the constant risk of residency revocation and transfer from the city.
The organizations called on Special Procedures to call on Israel to halt its legal proceedings for the revocation of Salah Hammouri’s residency status, immediately cease all practices and policies intended to intimidate and silence human rights defenders, in violation of their right to freedom of expression, and repeal its Entry into Israel Law (1952), which has been used to further the Israeli policy of population transfer and achieve demographic goals in Jerusalem.
Read the urgent appeal here
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