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  1/19/2012, Tevet 24, 5772

PA Parliament Speaker Arrested by Israeli Police


The Speaker of the Palestinian Authority’s parliament, Dr. Aziz Duwaik of Hamas, was arrested on Thursday by IDF forces at the Jaba checkpoint north of Jerusalem, as he was making his way from Ramallah to his home in Hevron.

Sources in the PA reported that when Duwaik’s car reached the checkpoint, the soldiers forced him to stop, handcuffed him and covered his eyes, and he was taken to an unknown location. The sources noted that initially one of the men who were with him in the car was also arrested, but he was released shortly afterwards while still at the checkpoint.

The IDF Spokesman said that Duwaik was arrested on suspicion of terrorist activity.

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