Acting like a state
PA Disregards Oslo by Arresting Israeli Arab

In blatant breach of Oslo Accords, PA arrests Arab citizen of Israel and tries him; his brother tells Arutz Sheva 'our contact was cut off.'

Uzi Baruch, Ari Yashar,

Ramallah (file)
Ramallah (file)
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An Arab citizen of Israel, who holds a blue identity card and lives in the northern Atarot neighborhood of Jerusalem, was tried in Ramallah on Wednesday and had his arrest extended by two weeks - the arrest and trial by the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a direct breach of the 1993 Oslo Accords that formed the PA.

The man's brother, Amran Gabas, was informed by the PA that in two weeks the detained man will be brought to an additional hearing in which it will be decided whether to extend his arrest again or release him.

Gabas told Arutz Sheva that his brother, a truck driver, entered Ramallah with two containers of food goods to market them to Palestinian Arab supermarket chains. At one of the city's intersections he was stopped, and after an inspection revealed his containers included Israeli products, he was immediately brought to a police station.

"The family is shocked from the incident, our contact with him was cut off," Gabas said. "All we know is that he went in with two containers of food, one of which contained Israeli-produced food. The officers identified the Israeli products and arrested him immediately."

The family is currently on its way to the Judea and Samaria district Israeli police in the Binyamin region of Samaria to aide their arrested relative.

According to the Oslo Accords, the PA is forbidden from arresting holders of blue identity cards, be they Jewish or Arab, and is required to transfer them immediately to the Israeli police and the IDF Civil Administration.

Civil Administration said in response to the case that "this incident was brought to the attention of the Civil Administration several hours ago, and we acted to return the citizen from the moment information was received."

"In the coming hours the citizen will be returned to the Civil Administration and the Israel Police," it added.




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