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Repatriation to the West Bank after years of forced exile in Jordan: the case of HB
documents: 0  |  Updates: 1 HB was born in 1918 in the village of 'Asira ash Shamaliya in the Nablus area, and lived there with his wife and children. He also owns a house and some land there. In 1968, he was arrested, and apparently placed in administrative detention. He was held in prisons inside the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) until he was transferred to the Beer Sheva prison inside Israel. On the night of June 7, 1970, he was taken with other detainees to a cell at the prison entrance area. His personal effects were returned to him and he was given one Jordanian Dinar, and told to sign a document entitled "revocation of administrative detention". He was then put into a vehicle along with other detainees. They were blindfolded and few hours later, they found themselves in the Arava Valley, close to the border with Jordan. They were given a cardboard box with sandwiches, bread and vegetables, and sent toward Jordan. "Go to Hussein," they were told, and warned they would be shot if they stopped on the way.

At that time, deportation orders were issued collectively, against groups of deportees, on the grounds that the deportation was "necessary and beneficial for ensuring public safety, protecting the Judea and Samaria Area and maintaining public order", without any specific reference to each deportee individually. Without a hearing, a specific deportation order, and without being informed of his rights, destitute, with nothing but his meager rations, HB crossed over to Jordan, leaving his homeland and family behind.

After his deportation, HB settled and opened a business in the Jordanian city of Zarka. His wife joined him, and another son was born into the family. Through the 1990's and in 2000, the military allowed HB to enter the OPT for limited periods of time, thus demonstrating that he was not considered a threat to the security of the OPT.

In 2005, HaMoked appealed to the military to allow HB, now 87 years old, to return to the OPT permanently. In April 2006, in the absence of any reply, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice to allow his return, arguing that in its recent decisions, the Supreme Court determined that the most drastic measures the military commander may take are assigned residence and administrative detention. Deportation and its prolongation are not among the permitted measures, and may be regarded as exceeding the authority and the law. Following the petition, the military announced its decision to allow HB to return to the OPT. In September 2000, HB, now 88, returned to live in the West Bank.


Updates
30.9.2006
Following a petition filed by HaMoked, the army announced that it decided to permit the return of a Palestinian who in 1970 had been deported from the area to Jordan. The petitioner, together with eight other detainees, had been detained in Israel and deported in June 1970, penniless, to Jordan: He was deported without having been given a proper opportunity to state his case. The petitioner, wh...
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