Palestinian Parliament President Aziz Dwaik, who is one of Hamas' leaders, was arrested on Thursday at the Jaba checkpoint near Ramallah, while on his way to his home in Hebron.
Sources travelling with Dr. Dweik said that Israeli soldiers stopped the car in which Dweik was travelling with his bodyguard and detained them in the cold at Jaba’ roadblock which is a permanent military roadblock at the southern entrance to Ramallah. After about 20 minutes the soldiers informed his bodyguard that he should leave because Dweik was under arrest.
Palestinian deputy speaker Ahmed Bahar said Israel's detention of Dweik was intended to prevent reconciliation between Palestinian factions and elections later this year, and called for a halt to
"What happened requires (President) Mahmoud Abbas to declare an immediate stop to the negotiations in Amman in respect of our people and in respect of the parliament and its head," Bahar told reporters in Gaza.
"It should be a firm message to the occupation (Israel) that their continued crimes will not be give cover by the Palestinian Authority and will not pass without a response," Bahar said.
For his part , HAMAS government spokesmen Taher Nounou denounced the arrest, saying Israel was attempting to sabotage the work of the Palestinian parliament.
The parliamentary speaker was arrested by Israeli military 6 years ago after the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. He spent three years in detention and was released in June 2009.
Some 25 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council are currently imprisoned in Israel, according to figures from prisoner rights group Addameer.Twenty of the elected officials are being held in administrative detention without charge or trial.
Meanwhile, on Friday, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian parliamentarian in Bethlehem.The family of Tafish said that a large number of occupation troops raided their house in the village of Za’tara to the east of Bethlehem at 1:30 am, ransacked the house, confiscated his personal computer and mobile phone and arrested him.
This is the third time that Tafesh was detained in Israeli occupation jails since his election in 2006 for the PLC.
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Friday called on the PLO to suspend talks with Israel until PLC speaker Aziz Dweik is released.
"A Palestinian should not shake the hand of his enemy, the enemy who arrests the symbols of Palestinian legitimacy," Haniyeh said after Friday prayers in Gaza City.
"This is the minimal response to the detention of Dweik and all lawmakers until they're freed."
Israeli forces detained Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian parliament, at a checkpoint near Ramallah on Thursday. Witnesses told Ma'an the MP was blindfolded and handcuffed during the arrest.
On Sunday, Jan, 22nd, Aziz Dweik's lawyer Fadi Qawasmi told reporters that Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council will appear before an Israeli military court today. Qawasmi said he demanded Dweik's immediate release. He was told Dweik was being interrogated by Israeli intelligence but a hearing would be held to discuss the request.
On Tuesday Jan, 24th,an Israeli military court ordered the detention of Palestinian parliamentary speaker Aziz Dweik for six months without charge. The PLC speaker's office denounced the order as an "abusive decision without any charge or legal justification," accusing Israel of trying to stop a parliamentary session scheduled for next month.
"It is an Israeli attempt to thwart Palestinian reconciliation," the statement said.