IDF arrests Hamas lawmaker

The arrest was carried out on Thursday morning, the Shin Bet has confirmed, and will be followed up by an investigation of the lawmaker, Hamas-affiliated Samir Halaika.

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March 9, 2017 14:05
The Duvdevan unit of the IDF carrying out an arrest

The Duvdevan unit of the IDF carrying out an arrest. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)

The IDF arrested Hamas lawmaker Samir Halaika early Thursday morning in her home in a Palestinian village outside of Hebron, the Shin Bet confirmed.

“She was arrested in order to be investigated,” a Shin Bet spokesman said, without elaborating further on the details of the investigation.

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On Monday morning, the IDF arrested two other Hamas lawmakers, Khaled Tafish and Anwar Zaboun.

Ahmed Bahr, a leading Hamas lawmaker based in the Gaza Strip, condemned the IDF for arresting Palestinian lawmakers.
“The policy of kidnaping representatives embodies a clear violation of their parliamentary immunity, from which it is assumed representatives will benefit,” Bahr said in a statement.

An IDF Spokesman said on Thursday that its arrests of Palestinians are for security purposes including preventing and foiling violent attacks.

A total of ten Palestinian lawmakers are currently in Israeli prisons.


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