An Israeli human rights group has called on the international community to press Tel Aviv to revoke its decision of expelling Palestinians from the West Bank.
"The Fourth Geneva Convention imposes a complete ban on forced removal of civilians from their homes, a prohibition whose violation is considered a grave violation of the convention," the Hamoked Center for the Defense of the Individual said in a statement on Wednesday.
The group added, "We call on all state parties to the convention to take immediate action to have the (Israeli military order) revoked."
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Hamas’s parliamentary bloc, Salah al-Bardawil held the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority accountable for the potential expulsion of Palestinians from the occupied West Bank under a new Israeli decree that describes tens of thousands of Palestinians as "infiltrators."
"No one has the right to make decisions on where Palestinians should live, for it is their legislative right to live in any part of Palestine. The criminal and humiliating order reflects Israel’s policy to continually deport Palestinians from their lands. Palestinians are required to flatly reject the order," he said.
The law, which was signed on October 13, 2009 and came into effect on Tuesday, permits Tel Aviv to expel any Palestinian citizen who does not have what Israel describes as "proper ID card."
The order puts Palestinians under the sole jurisdiction of Israeli military courts. The Palestinians will be indicted on charges carrying prison terms of up to seven years, should they refuse to leave their own land and homes.