Erdan Deports Terrorist’s Family to PA-Controlled Areas

Gilad Erdan. Photo by Alex Kolomoisky/POOL
Israel Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. )Alex Kolomoisky/POOL)

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan on Thursday night signed an order to deport the family of Fouad Abu Rajab Tamimi to Palestinian Authority-held areas of Yehudah and Shomron. Tamimi is one of two terrorists who were killed Tuesday in a shootout on Salah a-Din Street in Yerushalayim, after shooting at a bus in the Ramot area.

Tamimi was a resident of the Issawiya neighborhood, which is within the municipal boundaries of Yerushalayim. However, he was there illegally – as was the rest of his family. The family had filed a request for a Yerushalayim residence permit, which was pending.

Under the circumstances, Erdan said, the Tamimi family had no standing in Yerushalayim – and Israel had no reason not to deport them. Late Thursday, the family was hustled into a van with their possessions and taken to one of the checkpoints at Area A, which is under complete PA control.

A bill to deport all terrorists and their families, whether or not they have a legal standing in Israel, was filed in the Knesset this week. The law was authored by MK David Bitan, chairperson of the Knesset Control Committee, which ensures that laws filed are able to stand High Court examination and approval. The law is being co-sponsored by MKs from the coalition and opposition, including Likud, Jewish Home, United Torah Judaism, Shas, Kulanu, Yisrael Beytenu, and Yesh Atid.

On Friday morning, Arab terrorists threw a firebomb at an Israeli vehicle traveling south of Chevron, near Otniel. No one was injured in the incident, but there was light damage to the vehicle. IDF troops were searching for the culprits.

Overnight Thursday, security officials said they had arrested 11 wanted security suspects in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.