Israel Seeks to Deport East Jerusalem Photographer to Jordan, Where He Can't Stay

The Interior Ministry has ordered the expulsion of Palestinian press photographer Mustafa al-Kharouf, 31, who was born in Algeria but has lived in Jerusalem with his family since age 12 and is married to a woman from E. Jerusalem

Amira Hass
Amira Hass
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“If you deport me, where will I go? I’m not a citizen of any country, no country wants me.” The raspy, smoker’s voice on Tamam al-Kharouf’s cell phone is that of her husband, Mustafa, a 31-year-old news photographer.

On January 22 at 1 A.M. the Israeli police arrested him at his East Jerusalem home and jailed him at Givon prison in advance of his deportation from the country. He has access to a public telephone at the prison, which is currently his only means of contact with his wife and of information about their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, apart from their weekly 45-minute visits, when a thick pane of glass separates them.