Israel Arrests Senior Palestinian Official over Kidnapping of Three Israeli Teens
nsnbc : Israeli military sources report that the military detained the Palestinian Parliamentary Speaker and Hamas member Dr. Aziz Dweik as part of a wave of arrests following the kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Israel also arrested Dweik in 2012, summarily sentencing him to indefinite administrative detention.
A speaker for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stated Monday morning, that the IDF arrested more than 40 suspects in the kidnapping case in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, adding that there are “Hamas operatives” among the detained.
So far, more than 150 Palestinians have been arrested during Israeli military and police operations in the search for three Israeli teens Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Ifrah, who were reported as kidnapped from the illegal Gush Etzion settlement in the West Bank on Thursday. Israeli government and military sources are pointing at Hamas claiming involvement of Hamas militants.
Nobody has claimed responsibility nor put forward any demands pertaining the three teens. IDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said that the Israeli operation focuses on finding and returning the three teens, saying “We are determined to bring them home and bring the perpetrators of their abduction to justice.”
Among those detained are Parliament Speaker, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Hamas member Dr. Aziz Dweik along with legislators Bassem az-Za’arir and Azzam Salhab. The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights, which monitors the detention of Palestinians and human rights violations, denounced the Israeli campaign and especially the arrest and detention of elected Palestinian lawmakers. The center states:
“Kidnapping elected Palestinian leaders, representatives of officials is part of Israel’s ongoing aggression. … Israel must be obliged to stop its violations against the Palestinian people and their leaders”.
It is not the first incident in which Israel is arresting and detaining Dr. Aziz Dweik. In 2012, Amnesty International issued an “urgent call for action” when Dweik as arrested and held without charge in so-called “administrative detention”.
Dweik was arrested while crossing an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Six days after the arrest an Israeli judge handed him a summarily passed six months detention with the possibility to be prolonged, indefinitely.
Ch/L – nsnbc 16.06.2014