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Palestinian protester ordered to leave Jerusalem
Man who heads anti-demolition campaign in eastern part of capital says will appeal decision

The Israeli military has ordered a Palestinian protest leader from east Jerusalem to leave the city by late afternoon.


Adnan Gheith, who head the protests against the demolition of Palestinian homes in the eastern part of the capital, had appealed an expulsion order issued earlier this year.


But he said Sunday the Defense Ministry rejected the appeal and ordered him to leave Jerusalem by 5 pm.


His lawyer, Rami Othman, said he plans to appeal the case to Israel's Supreme Court before the deadline expires.


The expulsion order seems to be part of a wider Israeli crackdown on opponents of its policies toward the Palestinians.


But this case is exceptional because the military is invoking an obscure emergency regulation to expel a Jerusalemite from the city. The law dates back to British rule before Israel was established and hasn't been used for decades.



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