Israel banishes Palestinians from own town

Samer Abu Eisheh (L) and Hijazi Abu Sbeih, Palestinians from Jerusalem, installed tents at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the city, defying a military order banning them from entering their hometown for monthsIsrael has detained two Palestinian men who refused to heed a military expulsion order from their hometown of Jerusalem over unspecified security concerns, in what rights groups slam as collective punishment. “It’s the city where I was born, where I have all my memories,” said 28-year-old freelance journalist Samer Abu Eisheh, who was given a five-month expulsion order. Construction worker Hijazi Abu Sbeih, 33, who has a wife and three young children, was banished for six months.

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