On Thursday the Israeli army released a statement saying that in co-operation with Shin Bet, they have detained Anwar Ahmad Daoud I’mir, 44, in Ramallah.They added that he is a Hamas activist based in the West Bank city of Tulkarem. According to Palestinian media sources, he is accused of setting up Tulkarem’s Hamas infrastructure, and of being a West Bank Hamas leader. He has been ‘wanted’ by Israel since 2002.

Last week Hamas legislator Mohammed Tutah was abducted by the Israeli army on his way home to Jerusalem from Jordan. Since June 2006, the Israeli army has abducted dozens of Palestinian legislators and Ministers including Speaker of Parliament Dr. Aziz Dweik.

At this point the court session of Palestinian ministers, including Finance Minster Omar Abdul Razeq, members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and municipal council members, was adjourned until March.