Daily Israel Report

Petition Calls to Expel Hamas Leaders from Judea and Samaria

Israel Law Center launches new campaign to force Defense Minister to deport Hamas leaders to Gaza.
By Moshe Cohen
First Publish: 7/3/2014, 2:15 PM

Hamas terrorist in Gaza (file)
Hamas terrorist in Gaza (file)
Reuters

The Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) organization on Thursday sent a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and to heads of IDF units in Judea and Samaria demanding that they immediately expel Hamas' top leadership who are located in the region.

“All of the Hamas leadership, whether they are Palestinian Authority parliament members, ministers, or any other post, are involved fully and totally in terror activities against Israel.”

The letter is the opening salvo in a new campaign under the leadership of attorney Nitzana Darshan-Leitner. The campaign urges Yaalon to issue immediate expulsion orders against senior Hamas terrorists. If the Defense Minister does not do so, Darshan-Leitner will take him and his Ministry to court to force them to, the letter says.

Darshan-Leitner calls on Jews and supporters of Israel around the world to join in the call, via a social media campaign the organization is setting up. In the letter, Shurat Hadin says that “there is no disputing that this is perhaps the greatest national test right now of the reliability and fairness of the Israeli justice system. Ensuring the security of Israelis requires us to undertake this step immediately, without compromise.”

The letter says that there is plenty of legal basis to expel top Hamas leaders, religious leaders who support Hamas, and organization members.

“Against each and every one of these terrorists there is plenty of evidence of their involvement in terrorism. It would be very easy to build a case against them and to ensure that they are indeed expelled,” to Gaza or points beyond, the letter adds.

The Center is prepared to go to the High Court to make its case, Darshan-Leitner added. The organization has had an excellent record in fighting terrorist organizations through courts in Israel, the US, and elsewhere. So far, Shurat Hadin has won judgements of more than a billion dollars in US courts against Hamas for lives lost and damages sustained by US-Israel dual citizens by terror attacks. The judgements also apply to Iran, which Darshan-Leitner has proven in US courts is the main funding source for Hamas.

Darshan-Leitner recently made headlines after suing Iran for control over its internet assets. Barring a successful appeal by ICANN, the international organization responsible for the Internet, Shurat Hadin will have the right to auction off Iran's Internet address and domain names to satisfy Hamas' debt.