Israel orders expulsion of 4 Hamas lawmakers

Israeli police have ordered four Hamas legislators to leave Israel by the end of the month.

Jerusalem: Israeli police have ordered four
Hamas legislators who live in Jerusalem to leave Israel by the
end of the month, an official said Saturday.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the men would be
expelled from Israel if they don`t leave voluntarily. Israeli
authorities have repeatedly warned the legislators, who
represent Jerusalem in the Palestinian legislature, that they
would face expulsion unless they renounce their membership in

Israel considers the Islamic militant Hamas a terror
group because of its suicide bombings and attacks against

The legislators were arrested in 2006 along with dozens
of other Hamas officials after an Israeli soldier was abducted
by Hamas allied militants in Gaza. One of the four is Mohammed
Abu Teir, who was released from jail last month.

Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in a violent takeover in

Meanwhile, a human rights group said that Hamas security
forces in Gaza shut down six charities and civic associations
working in the seaside strip. The militant group has sidelined
dissenters and independents since seizing power in Gaza.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said Hamas police
raided the offices of the groups this week and confiscated
computers and other equipment. Among those targeted were a two
women`s health groups, a mock youth parliament and a youth
forum. The forum is a UN partner group meant to foster
independent thinking.


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