A prominent source in Holland reported on Monday, that Israeli soldiers barred Dutch delegates, from entering the Palestinian territories, and arrested a member of the team.

The delegates, headed by Greta Duisenberg, were planning to remain in the Palestinian territories until October 15, 2005.

Several Dutch journalists, physicians, and artists were attempting to enter the Palestinian territories in order to meet with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, and tour the Palestinian areas to examine the effects of the Separation Wall on the daily lives of the Palestinian residents.

Soldiers arrested author Mohammad Zakour, member of the Dutch delegate from an Arab origin. 

The Dutch team intended to gather reports and pictures for a huge gallery which will take place by the end of the year.

Duisenberg is a human rights activist, and the wife of former World Bank head who died this summer.

She returned to Holland on Sunday morning; Israel claimed that the team was not allowed in the occupied territories “for security reasons”.