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Israeli army arrests Palestinian parliamentarian Nasser Abdel Gawad

Israeli soldiers search a car at a check point in Hebron, West Bank on January 26, 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun - Anadolu Agency]
Israeli soldiers search a car at a check point in Hebron, West Bank on January 26, 2017 [Wisam Hashlamoun - Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli army arrested a Palestinian parliamentarian in the West Bank city of Salfit this morning, according to a report by Anadolu Agency.

According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli forces raided Nasser Abdel Gawad’s residence and arrested him.

Palestinian MP Fathi al-Qaraawi of the Hamas-affiliated Change and Reform bloc said continuous arrests of deputies of the Palestinian Legislative Council who are entitled to parliamentary immunity is a flagrant violation of international law.

“Israel rejected the results of the Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006 and arrested all Hamas deputies (in the West Bank including Jerusalem) and continues to punish the Palestinian people for this by arresting the group’s deputies,” al-Qaraawi said.

Read: Israel extends administrative detention of Palestinian MP Jarrar

The Change and Reform bloc won the 2006 Palestinian elections with an overwhelming majority.

Al-Qaraawi added the arrest is an attempt to block opposition to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The latest arrest raises the number of jailed Palestinian parliamentarians to 11.

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  • Pepper Wingate

    Such nonsense! He is a member of a terrorist group, Hamas. That is the only reason Israel needs.

  • Why did they arrest him though?

  • dutchnational

    It might be true that the man is a member of the PLA parliament. However, in the context of this report, it is totally irrelevant for two reasons :

    First is that PLA parliement is not the parliament of an internationally recognised country, therefore not protected by international law.

    Secondly, parliamentory immunity only is relevant within the country of whose parliament one is member. As he is not a MK, he does not have immunity as far as Israel goes.

    Thirdly, I almost forgot, even immunity within ones country is limited, as can be seen in Turkey, at random arrests of mainly kurdish parliamentarians.

    So this is a very uninformed, not to say bad, report.