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Published On: Mon, Jun 16th, 2014

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.

Dweik_palestine_hamasSo 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

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  1. John Neilson says:

    First of all, thank you for keeping us up to date on the situations that are hidden from ordinary view. I know you do this at great danger to your personal safety!
    What I really want to say, is that it never ceases to amaze me how the Jewish invaders have learned all the wrong lessons from their history. Instead of tolerance, they have learned hatred… instead of education, they have learned propaganda… instead of humility, they have learned arrogance. I cannot help but wonder if this is another false flag event, used as another excuse to act inhumanely toward their victims! As an example of how governments should be acting towards their neighbors, this is deplorable!
    Thank you, Mr. Lehmann, for all you do to keep us aware of the truth that is kept hidden from ordinary citizens by the “democratic” governments of the world!! Stay safe!!

    • Dear John. I’m happy that you recognize the risk which authors like Lehmann take upon them because it is a very real one that cost him crushed teeth in 2011, a fact that since then has held him from appearing on TV because he can’t afford the necessary surgery. Besides that, you may very well be right about the kidnapping being a false flag. We considered publishing the notion in this article but decided not to because it is a “news” report, not an analysis or opinion piece. I shall convey regards from Christof Lehmnann and tell you that he appreciates your comment more than you probably could have imagined. Solidarity, thanks and regards, Fahwad.

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