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American accused of "criticizing the State of Israel" deportation delayed by judge

Tel Aviv court delays Ma'an editor's expulsion

Bethlehem - Ma'an - The editor in chief of Ma'an English, Jared Malsin, was temporarily spared deportation after an Israeli judge in Tel Aviv reversed an overruled injunction filed by lawyers representing the Bethlehem-based news agency late Wednesday night.

Malsin was detained at Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday afternoon while returning from the Czech Republic on holiday. After eight hours of interrogation, the Israeli Interior Ministry ordered him held and scheduled deportation for 6am on Thursday.

Ma'an attorney Castro Daoud intervened amid pressure from US diplomats seeking an injunction against the deportation. The request was rejected by the Israeli attorney general, whose own ruling was then overturned by a Tel Aviv judge, granting Malsin a hearing. Judge Miriam Sokolov will hear Malsin's case at 10am at

Added: Jan-14-2010 Occurred On: Jan-14-2010
By: -suicidebomber-
Middle East
Tags: Shin Bet, Israel, Ma'an, criticism
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