Salah Hammouri, 36, is a Palestinian-French attorney who was born and raised in Jerusalem, where he lived all his life. (File photo via Twitter)
The Israeli occupation authorities on Monday revoked the right to residency in Jerusalem to a local Palestinian man under the so-called "breach of allegiance" law, according to a Jerusalem rights center.
Ziad Hammouri, director of the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, based in occupied East Jerusalem, told WAFA news agency that the Israeli government’s legal advisor today gave his final approval for the withdrawal of the residency right to Salah Hammouri, 36, a Palestinian-French attorney who was born and raised in Jerusalem where he lived all his life, claiming he did not show allegiance to the occupying state, Israel.
Salah was told in September of last year that the Israeli Ministry of Interior was in the process of revoking his residency right in the holy city due to his political activism against the Israeli state.
Salah Hammouri spent a total of seven years in Israeli jails for his peaceful resistance of the Israeli occupation and was later banned from travel or from entering the West Bank. His wife, who is a French citizen, was deported in 2016 and forced to live with their two children away from her husband and their father.
Addameer – Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association said in a tweet that in her decision to revoke the residency right for Salah Hammouri, who worked as one of its attorneys, the Israeli Minister of Interior has emphasized that such a decision comes according to recommendations based on Salah's previous arrests and other "secret information", further noting that such a decision is necessary "to deter others from breaching allegiance to the State of Israel."
It said that “residency policies, embedded in Israel's regime of racial domination and oppression, are designed to maintain a perilous legal status for Palestinians in East Jerusalem and uphold an Israeli-Jewish demographic majority in the city.”