The Change and Reform Bloc of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) has denounced the Occupation Authority’s decision to extend the detention of one of its members, Nayef Rajoub, for another six months. The bloc considered the decision to be part of an Israeli strategy to eliminate the symbols of Palestinian legitimacy.
In a press statement released on Tuesday, May 31, the bloc stated that the verdict reflected Israel’s insistence on violating the immunity of Palestinian members of parliament, in view of the suspicious international silence and the farce of security cooperation with the Occupation.
The bloc called on all parliaments in Arab and Muslim countries to live up to their responsibilities by pressuring the Israeli side into stopping its criminal policies against the representatives of the Palestinian people.
An Israeli military court ordered a six month extension of Rajoub’s administrative detention order. Mr Rajoub has been detained since last December.