Ramallah, ALRAY -- The number of Palestinian Legislative Council members arrested by Israeli occupation became 11 after the release of MP Omar Abdel Razek.
Israeli occupation authorities released on Wednesday the deputy in Palestinian Legislative Council in Salfit governorate, Omar Mahmoud Abdel Razek, 54, after serving four months in administrative detention, the Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies reported.
Razek has been re-arrested on July 23, 2017, after breaking into his house and searching him. A week after his arrest, he was placed under administrative detention for 4 months. Israeli court did not renew his administrative detention and he was released.
The Center pointed out that MP Abdel Razek was previously arrested several times and spent more than 7 years in Israeli jails, where 11 deputies are currently held in Israeli prisons, including MP Khaledah Jarrar, who is serving an administrative sentence for 6 months.
The center documented 17 cases of arrests targeting MPs, several of whom arrested more than once during that period.
The Israeli occupation continues to arrest 11 members, the vast majority (9) of whom were arrested during the Al-Quds uprising. The occupation also arrested two former ministers and released them after serving their sentences in Israeli prisons.
The ongoing detention of Palestinian deputies is a political decision with distinction, that comes to reduce their active role in Palestinian street and their participation in the activities condemning the policy of Israeli occupation in occupied West Bank and to keep them away from their popular base around them, the center said.
The Israeli occupation resorts to impose administrative detention against them without charge, and their abduction which is a flagrant violation of the most basic international conventions without any legal justification, the center added.
The center renewed his call to all parliaments of the world stand up to their responsibilities and pressure the Israeli occupation to stop violating international laws and conventions by abducting elected deputies, as it is considered to be a flagrant violation of their immunity and to work for their release without conditions, especially those under arbitrary administrative detention.