‘Israel’ releases stateless Palestinian photojournalist it tried to deport

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli authorities on Thursday released Anadolu Agency’s photojournalist Mustafa Kharouf from Giv’on Prison in the occupied city of Ramallah after spending 10 months in detention.

Kharouf was released after the Israeli authorities failed to deport him from the Palestinian territory.

Until Thursday morning, the Israeli prosecution attempted to block Kharouf’s release but they failed, according to AA.

“It’s good to be out,” said Kharouf as he embraced his 2-year-old daughter. While he was in prison, he had only been able to see her through glass during visiting hours.

His lawyer, Ady Lustigman, told Anadolu Agency that the Israeli Interior Ministry tried to keep him in jail but the prison appeals court rejected the ministry’s request.

According to Lustigman, Kharouf’s family paid bail to the Israeli immigration authorities.

She added that the Israeli prosecution has given Kharouf a 21-day period for “family unification” which can be extended.

Also, she pointed out that “Kharouf is still threatened by deportation and detention despite his release.”

Kharuf was arrested in January from his East Jerusalem home and charged with illegal residency, even though he has lived in Jerusalem for 20 years. He is married to an East Jerusalem resident, and his father was born in the city. During his imprisonment, the government tried unsuccessfully to have him deported to Jordan.

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