10 Palestinians arrested as former prisoner released

ibrahim-jaber-2010-kopie1Ibrahim Jaber, former Palestinian prisoner released in the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange, was released on August 12 after being re-arrested last week. He is one of 62 former prisoners released in the exchange who have been re-arrested since June; their release is one of the terms of the Palestinian resistance in relation to a ceasefire in Gaza.

Jaber’s release, however, came as a number of Palestinians were arrested by occupation soldiers throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank late Monday and early Tuesday, August 12; the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society reported that Mohammed Zakariya Abu Khdeir and Mahmoud Abu Ta’a, both children, were taken by the soldiers along with Ja’far Yasser Abu Khdeir, Taher Abu Ta’a and Abdul-Karim Abu Ta’a from Beit Hanina and Shu’fat in Jerusalem.

Four Palestinians from Bethlehem area were arrested by occupation soldiers after their homes were invaded and ransacked by the military: Mohammad Shousha, Hamza Shousha, and Wisam Hamamra from Husam, and Mohammad Deriyya, of Beit Fajjar.

In Huwwara near Nablus, occupation soldiers arrested a Palestinian lawyer, Mendi Samir al-Osta, as he travelled from Ramallah to Nablus. al-Osta is a former political prisoner and is one of a number of Palestinian lawyers recently targeted for arrest and persecution, including Shireen Issawi, Palestinian lawyer and the sister of Palestinian prisoner and long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi.