In early December, three Jerusalem-born Palestinians received orders from Israeli authorities banning them from the city for a period of five months. The orders gave no reason for their exile. All three are prominent activists and community workers who have spent time in Israeli prisons. In a Kafka-esque twist, Al-Ghoul received an additional military order a few days later banning him from the West Bank for six months. Al-Ghoul is a youth coordinator of the Health Work Committees (HWC), a Palestinian organization providing medical services. As a Jerusalem ID holder, he would normally be allowed to travel throughout Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Israel. Because Israel controls all borders, if he leaves the Palestinian territories, he risks being denied entry upon his return. This ironically means that Al-Ghoul’s only remaining option would be to stay inside the state of Israel.
Author: Ryan December 15, 2014