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Israeli police detain recently freed prisoner over 'unpaid taxes'
Published Sunday 19/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 14:23
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police detained a recently released Palestinian prisoner who had been held for over 20 years over allegedly "unpaid taxes" on Sunday.

Mahmoud Daajnah, a 66-year-old veteran prisoner who was released three weeks ago as part of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, was handed a summons at a checkpoint in Jerusalem on Saturday and taken into custody on Sunday, according to a prisoner advocacy group.

A spokesperson for the families of Jerusalem prisoners in Israeli custody Amjad Abu Asab told Ma'an that Daajnah was stopped by Israeli forces on Saturday at a military checkpoint near Shuafat refugee camp north of Jerusalem.

He was released after an hour and a half of detention, but was handed a summons demanding that he appear at a police station in Beit Hanina to settle unpaid taxes.

Daajnah went on Sunday to the Neve Yakov police station, where he was interrogated, added Abu Asab.

Israeli police then telephoned the family to inform that Daajnah had been taken into custody. The family was told he could be released if he signs a pledge to pay all his unpaid taxes, and if he or a third party pays a bail.

Daajnah was originally detained by Israeli forces in March 1993 while he was traveling to Jordan during the First Intifada against the Israeli occupation. He was then sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years on charge of killing an Israeli woman.

He was released on Dec. 31 along with 25 other Palestinian prisoners detained before the Oslo Accords as part of the third group of 104 veteran prisoners Israeli pledged to set free to encourage the PA to go on with peace talks.

5,200 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of Oct. 2013, according to the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Prisoners' Affairs. Another 1,280 are in Israeli prisons for being inside Israel without permits.

Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel, representing 20 percent of the total population and 40 percent of all males in the occupied territories.

Under international law, it is illegal to transfer prisoners outside of the occupied territory in which they are detained, and the families of Palestinian prisoners' face many obstacles in obtaining permits to see their imprisoned relatives.
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1 ) shirley / australia
19/01/2014 13:22
he must be helped immediatley and pa must have money aside for special cases and shows the cruel agenda isreal why pay taxes to illegal occupation it is illegal under int law for isreal to tax palestinians and hear lies dilema when pa refuse to disengage from paris agreement and did this man ever do what hew was charged woith it is leagal for pals to resist by all means posible isreal occupation and impalnt illegal aliens into west bank

2 ) Wayne / nz
19/01/2014 13:57
Now this in a sick way is funny, how much has this guy made in the last 20 years ? I hope they have kept his tax returns for him , This has to be a joke , its a criminal offence to extort money from someone last i knew . But i guess Israeli has got him now and never intended letting him go .

3 ) ronen / israel
19/01/2014 14:52
its very important to pay taxes

4 ) carlos / usa
19/01/2014 15:45
Ronen from israel are you the guy who started the forest fires in Chile?

5 ) stephanie / usa
19/01/2014 18:22
why doesnt he use the 50,000 that the PA gave him

6 ) Jenny / USA
19/01/2014 19:07
A murderer and a tax evader, what a disgrace, he must be to his family.

7 ) Fifi / Luxembourg
19/01/2014 20:34
@3 - ronen: why? Do the taxes enable the person to stay in prison, is that what the back tax is for? Because if not, surely after all this time he can't be liable to pay them, assuming he owed the tax before he went into prison twenty plus years before. This has to be a trumped up charge for the purposes of harassment, simply because this man has been released under the prisoner deal.

8 ) Mel / USA
19/01/2014 20:49
The world must BDS Israel MORE & if we had a Congress with moral gonads instead of dried-up peas,they'd STOP THE CHECKS to tax-evading,interest-evading,miltary-occupier,extortionist Israel which hasn't PAID USA back for 1/2 a century of a TRILLION dollars in misappropriated/illegal US tax money,subsidies,weapons &irreparable damages to our US national integrity(aided by extremist USG's).Israel's Pharisees & political CROOKS have the gall to demand Roman taxes thru' its collector,the PA!

9 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
19/01/2014 20:56
#3 It's very important for you fake jews to get out of Palestine. You are a disgrace for all real Jews all over the world. Let this man go and put some zionist killers in his place.

10 ) Colin Wright / USA
19/01/2014 21:41
To ronen #3: 'its very important to pay taxes' That's particularly so if the taxes are to be paid to Israel. One would want to keep Israel big and strong.

11 ) Tibi / Tubas
19/01/2014 22:19
His Freedom was issued to give peace talks a chance, but - It did Not mean that taxes did Not have to be paid, and - It did Not mean that a return to terrorism would be tolerated.

12 ) Rami / Palestine
20/01/2014 08:00
1. Israel picks and chooses when and when not Palestinians are considered Israeli citizens. For instance, he's an Israeli citizen when they need to collect taxes from him but he's not an Israeli citizen in all other cases...because, you know...he's an Arab. 2. He was in prison for 20 years. Does the Israeli prison system provide paychecks to its inmates? Does he have any sort of income from which to pay his taxes? No. This is not as much about taxes, as it is a way to circumvent his release.

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/01/2014 03:46
It's kind of playing Israel's game to assume the charges have any merit to begin with. Since Israel is a state without laws, that kills and seizes people as it pleases, and relentlessly lies about it all, of what possible significance could the 'charges' be? It's like listening to the rantings of a homeless person. They're perhaps of interest to a psychologist -- but their value as literal truth is nil.
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