Israel deports Palestinian lawyer to France for alleged terror ties

Salah Hamouri, previously jailed for plot to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, accused of being a member of Marxist-Leninist terror group PFLP; Interior Minister Shaked: ‘Great achievement’

Einav Halabi|

Hamouri in his youth

Israel on Sunday deported a Palestinian lawyer to France after stripping him of his Jerusalem residency for his alleged involvement in terrorist activity.

Salah Hamouri, 37, was held without charge for over nine months in administrative detention, a procedure allowing Israel to hold detainees without trial and without revealing sensitive intelligence out of national security concerns.

Hamouri was arrested on March 3, 2022, in administrative detention for a period of three months, which was extended three times.

According to the suspicion, Hamouri — who was previously jailed and later released for a plot to assassinate a prominent rabbi — was a member of the Marxist-Leninist terror group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and posed a threat to national security.

In light of his continued involvement in the terrorist group, Hamouri was arrested several times in the past in administrative detention and was subject to additional restrictions imposed by Israeli authorities, including a prohibition on entering the West Bank and being separated from his wife and children.

Hamouri, who was born in the Palestinian East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr ‘Aqab, is also a citizen of France, where his wife and children live.

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