Israel's Supreme Court has challenged the deportation of three Palestinians from the occupied West Back of Jordan.
GV: Court building with people outside (2 shots)
GV: Police on horseback move back crowds
SV: Wife of Mayor speaking to reporter
CU: General Matti Peled speaking to reporter
CU: Knesset member Avneri speaks to reporter
SV AND PAN: Jewish hard-liner thrown out by soldiers
MRS MOHAMMED MILHEM: "They agreed for the application and they said we will wait for forty five days because we want the application from the government to say the purpose...why they deport them."
GENERAL MATTI PELED" I am sure this will reveal the illegal procedure adopted by the government in deporting these two people, three people, rather. And my own sense is that the next will be to allow them to come back and have resort to the Appeal Committee, which is provided for by the law before anyone can be deported."
URI AVNERI:"I think it can be clearly stated that it's obvious that the judges were extremely angry with the military authorities for expelling these people in a way which was calculated to prevent the courts from interfering. The whole thing was done, in the way it was done, illegally and in a way of deception by not telling that they are being deported but telling them they are going to meet the Minister of Defence and deporting them secretly, clandestinely. It was done in order to prevent the Supreme Court of Israel to judge this matter."
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Background: Israel's Supreme Court has challenged the deportation of three Palestinians from the occupied West Back of Jordan. Two Arab Mayors and a Moslem religious judges were expelled by the Israeli military authorities, without right of appeal, after a terrorist attack in Hebron which left six people dead. But the court did uphold the detention without trial of the leader the Jewish Defence League on suspicition of organising terrorists to drive Arabs from israel.
SYNOPSIS: The court ordered the Israeli government to explain exactly why the expulsion order on the three Arab leaders should not be revoked. Court President, Haim Cohen, censured the military administration for not giving the men a right of appeal. Prominent Israelis hope the decision will produce clearer deportation laws. The wife of the deported Mayor of Halhoul was heartened by the result.
Meir Khanane leader of a hardline group left the same court facing three months of detention, because of suspected anti Arab activities.