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Israel detains 11 Hamas lawmakers in West Bank
Published Monday 14/07/2014 (updated) 14/07/2014 20:20
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Israeli forces near a PA police station in Ramallah during a
raid last week. (MaanImages/Samer Nazzal)
SALFIT (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday detained eleven Hamas lawmakers in Nablus, Jenin and Salfit, security officials said.

Hamas lawmaker Daoud Abu Sir was detained in Nablus, together with An-Najah university professor Abdul Sattar Qasim.

Omar Abdul-Raziq, a Hamas and PLC member, was detained in Salfit.

Seven Israeli military vehicles stormed the Hebron town of Idhna and detained lawmaker Muhammad Mutliq Abu Juheisha, while Nayif Rajoub was detained in Dura.

Riyad al-Imlah was detained in Nablus, Khalid Said al-Dahbour in Jenin, Riyad Radad and Fathi al-Qaraawi in Tulkarem, Fadel Hamdan in Ramallah, and Muhammad al-Tall in Hebron.

Professor at al-Najah University Abdulsattar Qassem from Hebron was also detained early Monday.

The number of Palestinian lawmakers being held by Israel is now 34, 23 of whom had been arrested since mid-June.

At least 10 other Palestinians were detained in overnight arrest raids in Hebron.

The detainees were named by locals as Ulayyan Khader al-Qawasmi, Tamir Fawwaz al-Tawil, Anwar Suleiman al-Joulani, Tariq al-Tawil, Arafat al-Qawasmi, Jaafar al-Qawasmi and Wahib Walid Natshah, Adnan al-Zarou, and Anwar Abdul-Rahim al-Joulani.

In June, Israel launched a campaign aimed at crushing Hamas after it blamed the group for kidnapping and killing three Israeli youths.

Hamas categorically denied any involvement in the incident.

Over 600 Palestinians were detained during the campaign, including ex-prisoners and those released in a 2011 exchange deal.

Over 170 of those detained have been sentenced to administrative detention and Israeli forces killed at least six during arrest raids.
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
14/07/2014 15:03
And I though Israel was plum dumn. That's right, put all Palestinian lawyers in jail and the Palestinian people will have nobody to defend them. What a smart idea. Israel don't only take Palestinian freedom of religion they even take their right of remaining silent.

2 ) Maisie / UK
14/07/2014 21:05
@1) Joe, you must be mistaken about Israel removing the lawyers from the Palestinians. How can you make such an accusation about The Only Democracy in The Middle East? As their democratic actions continue, few, if any, Palestinians will require lawyers to help them, they will in fact be silent.

3 ) Outlier / USA
14/07/2014 23:07
1., Joe, Israel is being very smart; by making the arrests, it reduces risks of collusion and joint actions by Hamas in Gaza and Hamas in the West Bank. Actually, the only dumb thing going on here is your conjecture.
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