Israeli Prefers to Live in PA But Arabs Don´t Want Him (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 06/14/12)
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A Russian-born Israeli citizen says he wants to live in the
Palestinian Authority, and renounce his Israeli citizenship. PA
officials don´t believe him.
Tajikistan-born Israeli citizen Andre Pshenichnikov has been ejected
from the Palestinian Authority – by PA officials and locals alike –
But the 23-year-old Jewish immigrant, who made aliyah with his family
ten years ago, keeps going back, insisting that he no longer wants to
live on the Jewish side of the border.
"We don´t have a problem with any Israeli coming to be one of us,”
said Arab residents of Deheishe, which still calls itself a “refugee
camp” decades later, with television satellite dishes atop nearly
“We´ll be honored and give them an ID card, but this young man was
suspicious and he lied and that is why we handed him to the
Israelis,” Tareq Abu Sheikha explained to The Associated Press.
Abu Sheikha, who rented Pshenichnikov a room for a month, said the
Israeli presented himself as a foreign activist – but the Arabs
spotted his old IDF military ID card. He threw stones at Israeli
soldiers together with PA Arabs along the roadside, but was also
heard speaking in Hebrew on his cell phone.
PA officials simply handed him over to the IDF, saying he needed to
go through legal channels. “If people knew his true identity there´s
no guarantee for his safety,” Bethlehem governor Abdel-Fatah Hamayel
told the AP, adding that the Israeli should have made an official
request to the PA.
"I hate Zionism...” declared Pshenichnikov, who has since left for a
two-month tour of Europe, but said he hopes to move to the PA when he
returns. Israeli officials have not commented.
“I want to be part of the Palestinian resistance. I call for other
Israelis who support the existence of a state of Palestine to do the
same, to come live in the West Bank or Gaza as Palestinians.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/14/12)
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