Thursday, July 11, 2002
But he fought the deportation on the grounds that "he fears the Israelis and because his family's home has been demolished in fighting in the West Bank town of Nablus." Yesterday, the Federal Court agreed with this logic.
Naturally, the court ruling has been praised by some as "an acknowledgment of the potential 'human rights abuses' against Palestinians in Israel."
But before people get too enamored of Shalhoub, they might want to consider this: before latching onto the successful (so far) strategy of blaming Israel, Shalhoub first applied for refugee status by claiming that his life was endangered by Islamic militants:
[Shalhoub claimed] that he faced danger at home for having a pre-marital sexual relationship with a teen whose father was a high-ranking member of the militant Islamic Al Jihad movement. Mr. Shalhoub said in court documents that he was captured and tortured by the man's associates because pre-marital sex is considered a serious sin.
This Shalhoub guy seems to have trouble getting along with everybody!
In the meantime, the provincial government was unable to pass back-to-work legislation yesterday, as the agreement broke down over who would get to pick the arbitrators. So far, the NDP is getting the blame. There's a bit of deja vu in this. Let's hope voters don't forget by the next election.