IDF arrests fourth Hamas MP in five days

Abul Jabbar Fuqaha is arrested in his Ramallah home overnight, Ma'an reports.

January 24, 2012 11:45
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The IDF arrested another Hamas member of the Palestinian parliament Tuesday morning - the fourth such arrest in five days, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported.

According to the report, the IDF arrested the 43-year old Abul Jabbar Fuqaha in his Ramallah home.

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Responding to the arrest, Hamas's political arm sent a mobile phone statement condemning an "arrogant Zionist policy against Hamas figures."

On Monday police arrested two Hamas politicians, Khaled Abu-Arafa and Muhammad Totah, who had been hiding in an east Jerusalem Red Cross building for a year and a half.

The men had been staying in the building with Hamas MP Ahmad Attoun, who was arrested last year. They were using the Red Cross as a hide out since the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) ordered them to leave the city last year after having their Jerusalem residency revoked.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai revoked the men’s residency cards last spring, after the politicians refused to renounce their ties to Hamas.

The Shin Bet required them to leave the country by the end of June 2010.

Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of involvement with terrorist groups.

Hamas said Dweik was taken into custody at a checkpoint near Ramallah. It accused Israel of trying to prevent rival Palestinian factions from completing a unity deal.

Dweik was arrested by Israel in 2006 and spent two years in jail.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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