Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Friday at dawn, several Palestinians in the central West Bank district of Ramallah. Some of the kidnapped residents are former political prisoners who were previously kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel.The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights, identified some of the kidnapped residents as Khaled Abu al-Baha’ (a former political prisoner), his brother Morad who works at the Palestinian Legislative Council office in Ramallah, in addition to the Imam of the Betunia mosque who was kidnapped and violently attacked after the army surrounded the mosque.
Soldiers also invaded Ni’lin village, one of the villages that are active in nonviolent resistance against the Annexation Wall and Settlements, and kidnapped Yousef Abu Srour, the brother of detainee Abdul-Qaher Srour, and also broke into the home of Mos’ab Srour, a local teacher who was not at home, and the home of former political prisoner, Shukri al-Khawaja. Al-Khawaja was not kidnapped, but his home was searched and ransacked.
Fuad al-Khoffash, head of the Ahrar Center, stated that the daily invasions, violations and arrests are targeting all segments of the Palestinian society, but are largely targeting former political prisoners.
Al-Khoffash added that the Israeli violations must be exposed to the international community as the army is targeting civilians in cities, towns, villages and refugee camps.