Interior Minister revokes residency of Hamas ministers

Sunday, July 02, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Interior Minister Roni Bar-On revoked the permanent residence status of four Hamas ministers including the Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs minister on Friday. Mohammad Abu Tir, Ahmed Abu Atoun, Khaled Abu Arafa and Mahmoud Totach were warned of the impending decision in May, when they were told that their Jerusalem residency would be revoked unless they resigned from the Hamas government within 30 days. The four were among 60 Hamas members arrested in a mass Israeli army raid on Thursday. The four will receive tourist visas and will lose all Israeli benefits including National Insurance, health and education benefits. The decision was made after the Tel Aviv bombing in May, which killed 11 people.

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