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Israeli Court Approves Expulsions

September 3, 2002

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JERUSALEM (AP) _ In a landmark decision, Israel’s Supreme Court on Tuesday approved the expulsion of relatives of Palestinian terror suspects.

The unanimous ruling by a special nine-judge panel came in the case of three Palestinians whom the Israeli military ordered expelled from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip.

The court upheld the expulsions of Intisar and Kifah Ajouri, sister and brother of Ali Ajouri, who allegedly organized several suicide bombings. It blocked the expulsion of Abdel Nasser Asidi, brother of a Hamas activist accused of involvement in two West Bank bus ambushes that killed 19 Israelis.

Ali Ajouri was killed Aug. 6 in an Israeli army attack.

The court said that Intisar and Kifah Ajouri had advance knowledge of the attacks being planned by their brother. The army had said that Intisar Ajouri had sewn the explosives belt used in one of the attacks.

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