Omar Abu Eisha, the father of one of the suspects accused by Israel of taking part in the alleged abduction of three Israeli settlers, has denied that his son was involved.
This week, Israel claimed Marwan al-Qawasmeh, 29, and Amer Abu Eisha, 33, to be the two main suspects behind the incident, with reports from Shin Bet saying that the two had been jailed previously for taking part in ‘terrorist activity on behalf of Hamas.’
Speaking to Ma’an, Omar denied the allegations and said that his family is worried that Amer has been detained and, furthermore, is being tortured by Israeli security forces.
‘I have not yet grasped that Amer and Marwan could kidnap three settlers from the most dangerous security square in Etzion. These are Israeli fabrications, whose goal could be is to strike Hamas in the West Bank and strike the national reconciliation,’ he said, adding that he was with his son at a social event on the night in question but that, later on that evening, he could not find Amer and that he has been missing ever since.
The family of Marwan al-Qawasmeh has forgone comment on the subject.
Over 100 Palestinians have been injured across the West Bank and Gaza during Israel’s recent sweep of the occupied Palestinian territories, and over 1,000 homes and offices, along with several universities, have been raided.
576 Palestinians have been detained over the course of the raids, including several members of parliament.
Hamas has consistently denied involvement in the disappearance of the 3 settlers, with evidence showing that an abduction actually occurred having yet to surface.