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A Baka al-Garabiya resident was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of
espionage and security related offenses in connection with the Majdal
Shams arrests earlier this month.
Petah Tikva Magistrates Court extended the custody of Mahmoud
Matzrawa, aged 62, by ten days.
was the third
person to be taken into custody this month in the case. Earlier in July,
a musician named Fada Sha'ar was arrested in on similar charges,
provoking a near-riot in Majdal Shams, a Druse village in the Golan
Heights. His father was arrested two days later.RELATED:Druse suspect arrested in Majdal ShamsDruse clash with cops in North
Druse, almost all the residents of Majdal Shams and the
three other Druse villages on the Golan Heights identify themselves as
Both arrests were conducted by the Shin Bet (Israel
Security Agency) and the Israel Police's International Crimes Unit. The
latest suspect was brought to the Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court for a
remand hearing behind closed doors.
A media ban had been placed since the investigation began, and prevented
most details from being published.
in July, Israeli forces entered the home of the first suspect, Fada
Sha’ar of Majdal Shams, to conduct a search and make arrests.
Before long, more than 1,000 villagers surrounded the home and refused
to allow the officers to leave. Police dispatched a negotiations team
that spoke with village elders, and the conflict ended peacefully.
Sha'ar's father protested the arrest, saying his son was innocent, and
involved in music, which connects human beings with no nationality or
language. The father was arrested two days later.