DEPORTATION OF GAY
A human tragedy is unfolding
right here in Israel – we still need your help. We need your
assistance in persuading the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Avraham
Poraz to act on behalf of the Gay Palestinians that are about to be
deported to the West Bank and Gaza possibly to their deaths.
Please take a look at an
article published in Haaretz newspaper concerning this story:
On Sunday, March 16, 2003, a
gay Palestinian (the name is in the Aguda since there was a warrant
issued today prohibiting it's publication) is put on trial for being
in Israel without a permit. After serving his sentence he will be
deported to the Gaza Strip where he faces a fate of persecution,
torture and possible death.
On March 6, 2003, despite
the protests by the Israeli GLBT community and many friends from
overseas, two other gay Palestinians were deported to the West Bank.
Since their deportation, the Aguda have not been able to contact
them through any means.
The Aguda is working in
close cooperation with many international human rights organizations
in order to prevent Tarek’s deportation. We have pleaded with the
Minister of Interior, Mr Avraham Poraz to use the authority vested
in him by Israeli Law to stop the deportation. The minister is well
aware that this Palestinian has passed all of the Israeli security
checks and poses no danger to Israel. Unfortunately, Mr Poraz has
replied that he would not interfere. We are also filing a petition
to the District Court in order to stop the process of deportation
Tarek: “I escaped from
Gaza and came to Israel to live…not to be returned to be killed.
Please…where is someone to help me?”
Mr Avraham Poraz needs to
hear it from you - help us to save this Plestinian's life. Please,
we implore you to fill in your details and fax him the letter
attached. His office fax number is +972 2 5666376.
Please ask your friends,
family, co-workers to do the same. Please let us know by e-mail that
you have done so.
Lior Mencher – Chief
Executive Officer - the Aguda
Russell Lord – Director of
Foreign Affairs – the Aguda
Shaul Gonen – Director of
the “Rescue Project”
16 March, 2003 -
To: The Honorable the
Minister of the Interior, Mr. Avraham Poraz