Gaza man seeks asylum in Israel

Monday, June 22, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff  

A Gaza man who until the 2007 Hamas takeover was a member of the Palestinian Authority security forces has infiltrated Israel and is requesting asylum.

The 24-year-old Palestinian said he had recently escaped a Hamas prison, and had breached Israel's Gaza security fence in hopes of being taken into custody by the Israeli army.

Now he is petitioning Israel's Supreme Court to prevent the army from returning him to Gaza, and to instead allow him to live inside sovereign Israel or move to Judea and Samaria.

Being returned to Gaza, he said, would be like giving him a death sentence.

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