Cases of Israeli and Palestinian Migrants in India

Map of PalestineA Palestine national has been arrested on charges of illegally staying in the country and obtaining a voter identity card. Acting on information by the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) that a Palestine citizen named Baseel Y. S. Nasrallah had obtained an Indian voter identity card, the South Delhi police mounted a raid on his rented accommodation in Kishangarh village in South Delhi. He allegedly claimed that he and his wife were Indian citizens. According to the police, he produced a voter identity card issued in the name of Y. S. Baradeiya.

Breaks down

During interrogation, he allegedly broke down and disclosed that he was a Palestine citizen. He came to India in 1996 on a student visa using a passport issued from Jordan. He got enrolled in Deshbandhu College and studied there till 1999. He was deported to his country but returned after a month by getting a fresh visa and started living with his brother in Vasant Kunj. He was again deported by the FRRO after about eight months. This time, he went to Jordan and obtained a visa for Nepal from where he entered India.
Hamas documents

In 2001, he went to Lucknow and started living with his friends, Sameer and Adnan. As some documents related to the Palestine group, Hamas, were purportedly seized from him, he and his friends were arrested by the Special Task Force of the Uttar Pradesh Police.

According to the police, Nasrallah remained in jail for 15 months. The case is still pending in a Lucknow court.

After being released on bail, he came to Delhi and started living in Munirka. He married a woman from Manipur in 2005 and shifted to Kishangarh village.

During interrogation, he purportedly disclosed that he obtained the voter identity card through Sameer. He had also applied for refugee status at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the application was under consideration till November 22, the police said. 

Sep 5, 2009, The Hindu


HC seeks reasons for denial of visa to Israeli

India IsraelMUMBAI: An Israeli businessman, denied a visa extension three years after he sought one, got a reprieve of sorts on Thursday when the Bombay high
court directed the authorities not to put him in custody and sought reasons for the denial from the ministry of home affairs.

A bench, headed by Justice Bilal Nazki, after hearing Israeli national Hillel Shapira’s counsel Ram Jethmalani, said he should not be confined to Pune or Mumbai. Jethmalani expressed outrage over the government’s actions in denying the 50-year-old “legitimate resident” a visa extension without giving him any reason or hearing him.

He said even a foreigner was entitled to protection under the right to life and equality under the Constitution but here was a case where the authorities were taking away the “livelihood” of a man they “had invited and allowed to set up business in 1996”.

Jethmalani said the authorities’ earlier stand that the foreigner, who ran a health food business in Pune, earned less and paid less tax
was most “irresponsible”. He said the visa denial and deportation order, which came in 2009 though the extension application was made “responsibly well before the visa was to expire in June 2006”, was “wholly without any authority of law”. He was kept in inhuman conditions and even had to shell out money for being allowed “to use a toilet”, Jethmalani said.

Darius Khambata, additional solicitor-general, said he would point to Supreme Court rulings which said there was no need to give him a hearing. He said the government had “unfettered right” to decide but promised to return any amount the Israeli was made to pay for his bowel movements.

The court had earlier directed the state and the ministry of home affairs to file detailed affidavits. The state did but the Union ministry is yet to do so.

Swati Deshpande, TNN 11 September 2009


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