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4 East Jerusalem terrorists to lose Israeli residency (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Relly Sa´ar, Haaretz Correspondent 05/10/05 15:34)Source: http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/574655.html HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE HA'ARETZ} NEWS SERVICE Articles-Index-TopPublishers-Index-Top
Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz announced Tuesday that he intends to revoke the Israeli residency of four members of an East Jerusalem Hamas cell behind the deaths of 35 people in multiple terrorist attacks.

The four Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem - Wa´al Kassam, Wissam Abassi, Mohammed Odeh and Aladin Abassi - were arrested in 2002 as part of an undercover operation. The court gave the four Hamas members 30 days to respond or appeal against the decision, before their residency is revoked.

The interior minister has the authority to revoke the legal status of a person in Israel. In 2002, then-interior minister Eli Yishai revoked the citizenship of a Lod resident for his activity in the Hamas militant organization. The interior minister, however, exercises this authority very rarely.

Among the attacks carried out by the group were the March 2002 suicide bombing at Moment Cafe in Jerusalem in which 11 people died, and the bomb attack at the Hebrew University cafeteria on Mt. Scopus in July 2002 that killed nine people, including five Americans.

In a letter informing them of his plan, Pines told the four that the terror activity "committed by your hand while taking advantage of the freedom of movement in Israel facilitated by your Israeli identity cards is a breach of trust of the State of Israel."

All four were jailed for terms ranging from 60 years to 35 life sentences. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz. 05/10/05)

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