IDF Arrests Fourth Hamas MP in Five Days

IDF forces raided the Ramallah home of Hamas-affiliated PLC member Abdul Jabbar Fuqaha and took him into custody.

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Israeli security forces detained PA lawmaker Abul Jabbar Fuqaha from his Ramallah home on Tuesday morning.

Fuqaha is the fourth Hamas-affiliated MP seized by Israeli forces on suspicion of terror involvement in five days.

Fuqaha, 43, was released from Israeli jail in February 2011 after being detained for two years under Israel's administrative detention laws for terror-related activities.

A spokesman with the Hamas-affiliated Change and Reform bloc, of which Fuqaha is a member, said his arrest represented an "arrogant Zionist policy against Hamas figures."

The IDF refused to comments on the details of the raid on Fuqaha's home, or his detention.

On Monday Israeli forces seized MP Mohammad Tawtah and former PA Jerusalem affairs' minister Khalid Abu Arafa from inside premises of the International Red Cross in Jerusalem, where they had been hiding for 18 months after Israel revoked their residency permits.

Days before, IDF forces seized MP Khaled Tafesh in Bethlehem and PLC speaker Aziz Dweik at a checkpoint near Ramallah.

An IDF court on Tuesday ordered Dweik detained while investigators continue to investigate him on security related charges.

The raid that resulted in Dweik's arrest resulted in what intelligence officials described as a "cache of intelligence data" about Hamas and photos of Israeli-Arab lawmaker Hanin Zoabi hobnobbing with senior Hamas figures.

The so-called 'Palestinian parliament' has been inactive since Hamas ousted Fatah from the Gaza Strip in 2007, a year after Hamas won arliamentary elections.

According to the Palestinian Legislative Council some 27 of its members are detained in Israeli jails on security related charges.




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