Human Rights Watch's Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir, a US citizen, works at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on May 9, 2018. (AFP / ABBAS MOMANI)
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An Israeli court Wednesday suspended an expulsion order for Human Rights Watch's country director until a decision is taken on a HRW legal challenge against it, the rights watchdog said.Shakir, a U.S. citizen, rejected the allegation and said Israel was seeking to silence dissent.U.S.-based HRW has filed a lawsuit challenging the decision by Israel's interior ministry terminating Shakir's residency permit.The court had last week rejected an initial HRW request for Shakir to be allowed to remain in Israel at least temporarily.
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