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Israeli settlers, soldiers stop Palestinian premier at checkpoint
Published Tuesday 14/01/2014 (updated) 15/01/2014 16:45
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A group of settlers escorted by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday stopped interim prime minister Rami Hamdallah at a checkpoint near the town of Turmusayya north of Ramallah.

Hamdallah told Ma'an via telephone that settlers and soldiers stopped his car and tried to force his guards and driver to step out.

He highlighted that Israeli soldiers escorted the settlers, who he said had planned to assault him.

Israeli news site Ynet quoted an unnamed Israeli official as saying Hamdallah was pulled over due to "reckless driving."

The official also told Ynet that the Palestinian Authority premier "swore at one of the police officers calling him a 'dog' and said that he was standing in occupied territory."

An Israeli police spokesman did not immediately return calls from Ma'an seeking comment.

Israeli forces maintain severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank through a complex combination of fixed checkpoints, flying checkpoints, roads forbidden to Palestinians but open exclusively to Jewish settlers, and various other physical obstructions.

At any given time there are about 100 permanent Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank, while surprise flying checkpoints often number into the hundreds.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
1 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/01/2014 10:17
Effective ruler handbook, ch.1: If you want a docile puppet regime you have to pretend to respect its officials. Honestly.

2 ) Rami / Palestine
14/01/2014 10:33
This would be the equivalent of a group of Palestinians surrounding Netanyahu's car and planning to assault him. Imagine the reaction if such was attempted? The West Bank would probably be nuked. Of course if it happened to the #1 guy in the Palestinian government, eh....who gives a damn.

3 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/01/2014 11:02
Interesting. Ynet reporting that police stopped him for speeding - a common crime on that road where too many Palestinians have been killed by speeding drivers who break the law.

4 ) Rami / Palestine
14/01/2014 11:23
#3 Oh, I surely bet that the Israelis can't sleep at night on account of their concern for the safety and well-being of Palestinian drivers and pedestrians. It shows so much in how they take care of the Palestinian civilians. What was it? 27 killed in the West Bank last year...and 167 in Gaza? A 5 year high is what they called it. This according to B'tselem, an Israeli NGO, btw. Please sir, your concern for our safety is deafening.

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/01/2014 11:47
Maan - let's stick to the facts. "flying checkpoints number in the hundreds"??? Really?!? Each of these requires six to 10 soldiers, and there is no way the IDF has a 1000 soldiers assigned to this. It's like saying that Fatah has hundreds of hit squads planning suicide attacks. They do indeed have such squads, but not hundreds of them.

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/01/2014 11:57
YNET: Official confirmed to Ynet that Pal PM Hamdallah's driver was pulled over due to reckless driving. Source said that once the police officers realized that the pm was inside they tried to let them go quickly, but Hamdallah insisted the officers apologize. After a short period one of the officers apologized about pulling them over and then let them drive away. Official said the Palestinian pm swore at one of the officers calling him a "dog" and said he was standing in occupied territory.

7 ) Lina / Ukraine
14/01/2014 12:01
Oh, Ynet. Well, if Ynet reported this, then they must be right. After all, we are talking about one of the most transparent & non-biased news agencies on the web. Btw, how many times was an Israeli official of equivalent status stopped for speeding?

8 ) Quiche Lorraine / France
14/01/2014 12:33
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah was pulled over for speeding while driving along Route 60 connecting the West Bank towns of Ramallah and Nablus, according to Israel Radio. Hardly an international incident.

9 ) Bob / UK
14/01/2014 13:08
Re (5) According to NSU there were over 5,200 flying checkpoints in 2013. I've been through many flying checkpoints and have never witnessed more than 4-5 occupation soldiers hassling the locals.

10 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
14/01/2014 13:24
#8 You are so right, it's only an international incident and worldnews if PA stops Netanyahu and call him a dog (what he really is) #5 Now your own "country" and stop spreading non-sense.

11 ) Broken Promises / If One Does, The Other Can Too
14/01/2014 16:03
The Palestinian premier's sovereignty extends Only to the borders
of the 1993 Oslo Accord Area A & Area B, and just as
-1- There are agreements requiring Israel to allow him to move freely,
-2- There are agreements requiring the PLO or PA to
- NOT to unilateral actions at the UN (which it did already), and
- TO negotiate a peace agreement (which it did NOT), in which
Neither an East Jerusalem capital, Nor 1967 "borders", Nor refugee return rights were ever promised the PA !!!!

12 ) Mel / USA
14/01/2014 16:03
All govt ministers, & terrorists, share a penchant for driving fast,in conflict areas,including Jewish-only colonists on stolen land.Why is Hamdallah stopped for speed,when Jewish drivers are allowed to speed as well & go unpunished for killing Arab civilians trying to cross Jewish-only highways to get to work because it takes a quarter of the time? Jewish people spent dark periods living under'special laws'.Now they inflict that doctrine on other innocents who also don't deserve such hatred?

13 ) @ Sarah-10 / Sticks & Stones
14/01/2014 16:17
1- Rockets, bombs, "Sticks, and stones can break your bones, but words
(like being called a "dog") can never hurt you (an expression in the USA), so
2- the "PA can stop Netanyahu and call him a dog", when he crosses into Areas (A & B) under their sovereignty, and regardless
3- THE PA MADE PROMISES to fight Palestinian terror practices,
involving mortars, rockets, bombs, "sticks, and stones", AND
* IT SHOULD KEEP THEM, or expect broken promises from Israel too !!!

14 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
14/01/2014 16:18
Again Ma'an lies:"at any given time there are 100 checkpoints."Try TEN in *rea C and only 1 of them is 24/7. As for the ridiculous claim that "Settlers" wanted to assault Hamsandwich, I mean Hamdallah,I admire his mindreading skills but shouldn't he be worrying about actual issues?Little things like making payroll in a donor-driven economy that is belly up?Or how about stop teaching toddlers the joys of"Suicide Bombing"? Settlers now run checkpoints?Suuuuure.

15 ) Robby / USA
15/01/2014 21:00
7 ) Lina / Ukraine - YNET or Maan, hmmm, which to believe? The Lebanon Daily Star report was closer to the YNETs. Do you know of Israeli official's that were speeding but not pulled over?
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