"Banished from their own city"

Amira Hass

Stark fear was expressed in the woman's eyes and, even before she opened her mouth, it was obvious that she had changed her mind and that she no longer wanted to be interviewed. She is but one of hundreds, if not thousands, of Jerusalemites who recently received the laconic form letter from Aharon Luzon, director of the population administration bureau. That letter, which uses the condescending tone of bureaucracy, has ordered this woman to leave her city, her home and her family: