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Israel moves to deport 'illegal' Palestinians from West Bank

A new Israel military order scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday gives Israel the power to deport and prosecute Palestinians living in the West Bank without a permit.

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A Palestinian man holds a flag in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the construction of the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem Sunday.

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A sweeping new Israeli military order that is due to go into effect on Tuesday could allow for the deportation of thousands of Palestinians whom Israel considers to be in the West Bank illegally – and could also affect internationals living in the West Bank.

The order, which was passed into military code six months ago but is due to go into effect on Tuesday, was discovered by the Israel-based human rights group HaMoked: the Center for the Defense of the Individual, and reported in Sunday's Haaretz newspaper. HaMoked and nine other human rights groups have banded together and appealed to Israel's Ministry of Defense to delay enforcing the order.

Under the new Israeli rules, anyone caught living in the West Bank without an Israeli permit could face expulsion within three days or be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

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The deportation policy would primarily be applied to Palestinians or foreign nationals who are residing in West Bank without a permit, according to an army statement.

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