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Israeli occupation extends detention of Sheikh Hassan Yousef

January 3, 2022 at 9:09 am

Hamas leader Hassan Yousef 2 April 2019 [Twitter]

An Israeli military court extended on Sunday the detention of Sheikh Hassan Yousef for several days over claims of “inciting terror” and “supporting a terrorist group.”

According to the Israeli police sources, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a senior Hamas official in the occupied West Bank, would be charged in the coming days.

Israeli newspaper, The Times of Israel, reported the police as saying that Sheikh Hassan Yousef mourned Palestinian Fadi Abu Shkhaydam as a hero after he opened fire at Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City in December.

The Israeli newspaper also reported that Sheikh Hassan Yousef arrived in the mourning tent of Abu Shkhaydam and “conveyed the condolences of the Hamas movement to his family.”

Sheikh Hassan Yousef, 66, who is a Palestinian MP, has spent a total of 21 years inside Israeli jails, mostly under administrative detention.

He was among the 415 Palestinians deported by Israel to no man’s land in South Lebanon in 1992.

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