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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Israeli army kidnaps several Palestinians including legislator, journalist, human rights activist

IMEMC- Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Tuesday at dawn a Palestinian legislator, the head of a center that defends the rights of Palestinian detainees and human rights and a Journalist. 11 Palestinians were kidnapped across the occupied West Bank.

In Salfit, in the central part of the West Bank, soldiers broke into the home of Dr. Nasser Abdul-Jawad, 46, of the Hamas Change and Reform Parliamentarian Bloc, and kidnapped the elected officials.

The wife of Abdul-Jawad stated that soldiers broke into their home in Dir Ballout village, near Salfit, and kidnapped the legislator after surrounding and searching the property causing excessive damage.

Abdul-Jawad was repeatedly kidnapped by Israel and spent a total of fifteen years in Israeli interrogation and detention facilities.

Furthermore, soldiers kidnapped a journalist in Kufr Qalil village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Nawwaf Al Amer works with the Al Quds Satellite TV; he was repeatedly kidnapped and imprisoned during the first and the second Palestinian uprisings. He was previously deported to southern Lebanon along with dozens of Hamas political leaders.

In Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, the army kidnapped human rights and detainees' rights activist, Fuad Al Khuffash, head of the Ahrar Center for Detainees' Studies and Human Rights.

Al Khuffash is originally from Marda village, near the central West bank city of Salfit.

Troops also kidnapped Firas Jarrar after breaking into his home in Nablus. Jarrar is a human rights activist who spent 16 years in Israeli prisons.

Soldiers conducted a large-scale arrest campaign in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday at dawn, and kidnapped eleven Palestinians from several villages, towns and refugee camps.