Three Palestinian leaders deported from the West Bank have been visiting Damascus to seek support for their cause.
GV Syrian President Mr. Hafez Al-Assad (in dark suit) with one of three Palestinian deportees from Israel, seated
CU President Al-Assad AND PAN TO deportees
LV President Al-Assad with the three deportees
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Background: Three Palestinian leaders deported from the West Bank have been visiting Damascus to seek support for their cause. An appeal by the three Palestinians was deferred by the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem. The leaders, Hebron Mayor Fahd Al-Qawasmeh, Halhoul Mayor Mohammed Milhem and Hebron religious Judge Rajab Al-Tamimi were deported six weeks ago following a raid in which six Jewish settlers were killed. On Wednesday (16 July) the three men met Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad.
SYNOPSIS: The President spoke to the men about the situation in the occupied areas and assured them of Syrian support. Meanwhile their appeal case is still before Israeli courts. They claim they were deported illegally because they were not allowed to appeal before a special military committee. But Israeli State Attorney Gabril Bach has said that although procedures were not followed to the letter the three should not be allowed back into the West Bank as their presence would lead to increase tension.