300 Libyans to Return to Judea/Samaria

Netanyahu agrees to allow 300 Libyan refugees to return to their former homes in PA-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 15:58

In light of the Libyan refugee crisis, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to allow 300 refugees to return to their former homes in PA-controlled areas in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu thus acceded to a request from PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen.

Some 170,000 Libyans are already said to have fled the country in light of the civil war that has developed in the country. Tens of thousands have entered Egypt and Tunisia, respectively.

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel has some questions on Netanyahu's decision, which it says “may endanger Israeli civilians.”  

“Some of these refuges may have been previously involved in anti-Israel or terrorist activities,” the Forum states in a release today. “Were Israeli security authorities involved in this decision? Do these refugees pose a threat to public security?”

Legal Forum Attorney Hila Cohen wrote on the matter to Netanyahu, Shabak (GSS) Director Yuval Diskin, and Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK Sha’ul Mofaz. "The security situation is certainly too sensitive and explosive,” she wrote, “for us to allow ourselves additional danger by allowing, for humanitarian reasons, the entrance of people whom we know not what they may be bringing with them, nor what danger they  potentially may cause the State once they have entered the Palestinian Authority."

The Legal Forum also asked whether or not the 300 refugees had been investigated and approved by the security forces. "We need some reassurance that these refugees will not be involved in such activities in the future,” Cohen wrote.