Palestinian woman: I´ll be killed if deported to territories (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Gilad Morag Published: 05.29.12, 23:36)
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West Bank woman tells Tel Aviv court she will be murdered
for ´disgracing´ her family after refusing to marry her cousin at
A 23-year-old Palestinian woman who was arrested more than a week ago
for residing in Israel illegally said she would be killed if sent
back to the Palestinian Authority for "disgracing" her family.
"I´m originally from the West Bank, but I´ve been living in Israel
for the past three years," she told the Tel Aviv Magistrates´ Court
on Tuesday. "I refused to wed, and I tarnished the family´s honor by
running away. They’ve been trying to track me down ever since.
"I moved from place to place, slept in cemeteries. I´ve been through
some tough times," she told the court. "All I ask is for is an
opportunity to turn a new page and be allowed to live here in Israel
The court ruled that the woman must remain under house arrest for an
additional eight days. She will be staying with friends in Tel Aviv.
The woman told the court she had refused to marry her cousin at a
very young age because she wanted to study and "get ahead in life."
She claimed that in light of her decision, her father and cousin
began to physically abuse her and denied her of basic living
The Palestinian woman said that after another attempt to get her
married at an early age, she fled to Israel with the help of a police
officer. Shortly after entering Israel she was deported and was once
again subjected to abuse in her family home. The woman claimed that
her father had even turned to assassins and asked that they bring her
body back to him.
The woman´s attorney, Kfir Daniel, said "it was made clear to me that
if she is expelled to the territories - it would mean a death
sentence for her."
Following the court hearing, the attorney filed an urgent petition
with the High Court asking that it issue an injunction that would
prevent the woman´s expulsion and allow her to reside in Israel
Illegal residents are routinely returned to the Palestinian
territories. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/29/12)
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