The Guardian (British) website reports today that Israel's leading human rights groups are trying to stop two new Israeli military orders, which will make any resident of the occupied West Bank who does not have an Israeli-issued permit liable for deportation or jail.
The new Order Regarding Prevention of Infiltration and the Order Regarding Security Provisions -- which go into effect on April 13, 2010 -- have "severe ramifications," the rights groups say.
Palestinians and others living in the West Bank could be called infiltrators and deported within 72 hours or jailed for seven years, if they are found without the correct permit. Israel has not defined what it considers to be a valid permit.
"The orders are worded so broadly such as theoretically allowing the military to empty the West Bank of almost all its Palestinian inhabitants," said the 10 rights groups, which include Ha-Moked, the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, and Rabbis for Human Rights.