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Israeli occupation soldiers arrest European activists at Hamra checkpoint

[ 04/01/2011 - 08:16 PM ]


 Israeli occupation soldiers intercepted Tuesday five volunteers from a European pro-Palestinian movement when crossing the Hamra military checkpoint en route to the West Bank provinces of Tubas and Jenin.

The volunteers were heading to towns in Tubas and Jenin affected by the apartheid wall there to join forces with local organizations in several activities, the movement's spokesperson Serenia Moltono said in a press statement.

Israeli soldiers arrested the activists when reaching the checkpoint before confiscating their passports and isolating them. After spending hours in custody, they were transported into the Hamra settlement where they were searched, questioned, and threatened to be arrested on charges of supporting Palestinian anti-Israel organizations.

The volunteers said they will file complaints of inhumane treatment through their foreign ministries against Israel.

A Palestinian youth was killed in cold-blood at the Hamra road block two days earlier at the hands of those troops.

European Activists Arrested at Al Hamra Checkpoint

Wednesday January 05, 2011 12:48 by Alessandra Bajec - IMEMc & Agencies

Israeli troops arrested on Tuesday five activists from a European pro-Palestine movement as they were trying to cross the Al Hamra military roadblock, in the West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

After confiscating their passports, and holding them captive for several hours, soldiers moved the five into the Al Hamra settlement to search and interrogate them for "supporting anti-Israel organization, referring to nonviolent movements against the occupation, the Annexation Wall and settlements.

Serena Moltono, the European movement's spokesperson, stated that the volunteers were heading towards Tubas and Jenin West Bani cities to join local organizations in a number of activities.

The volunteers denounced Israelís detention, and said they intend to file complaints to their embassies urging them to investigate the illegal Israeli practices and ill treatment.

Earlier on Sunday morning, a Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli troops at the Hamra road block.

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