The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said Monday that Israeli forces had arrested 25 Palestinians in an overnight operation across the occupied West Bank.
Among those detained was Mona Qaidan, a prominent member of the Hamas movement and a former prisoner.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Mon’s brother, Mahmoud Kaydan, said Israeli forces raided his sister’s home in the early morning and took her into custody.
“Mona has been arrested five times before, and the last time she was released was in 2016 after 40 months in prison,” Mahmoud said.
A local Hebron source who spoke to Anadolu on condition of anonymity said the detainees were Hamas member Mostafa Shawar, Palestinian lawmaker Omar al-Qawsmi and Anas Rasra.
A young woman named Shams Mashaki was also arrested from Yased village near Nablas.
The PPS said in a statement that most of the arrests took place in the cities of Hebron, Bethlehem, Jenin, Ramallah, al-Bireh and the occupied East Jerusalem.
Hamas has described the arrests of some leaders and members in recent weeks as “attempts to disrupt and disrupt the election.”
Palestinians will vote in the May 22 assembly elections. At least three members of the election candidate Hamas Slate have been arrested in recent weeks.
According to Fouad al-Khufash, a Palestinian human rights researcher and prisoner of war expert, the arrests of Hamas members and supporters in the run-up to the vote were an attempt to undermine the party’s electoral chances.
“Before the 2006 election, Israel arrested more than 5,660 Hamas leaders and members,” he said.
Al-Khufash said Israeli tactics of arresting such people could “empty the arena of influential people” who could determine the direction of the election and limit the choice of who could carry out the attack.
Musa, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, said in a two-day statement that the Israeli arrests reflected his “criminal and terrorist identity in encircling our people and its democratic alternative.”
“The Israeli occupation threat against the leaders and sons of the Hamas movement has not stopped since the election began,” he said.
Dudin called on the international community to “expose a fascism that robs the people of their will and that Zionism will stand up to the dictatorship that is not parallel to the world.”
He added, “We pay tribute to the members of this movement who have pledged to move forward on the path to national unity.”
There are 3 estimated women, about 140 juveniles and 440 administrative detainees in Israeli prisons, an estimated 4,450 Palestinians.
Expatriate Officer Chief
Meanwhile, former Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal has been elected head of the group’s office in exile, a spokesman said on Monday.
Meshaal, 644, who survived an assassination attempt on an Israeli in 1997, was head of the political bureau until 2013, when he was replaced by Ismail Haniyeh, 59, in the Gaza Strip.
Although Hamas has a stronghold in Gaza, which it has controlled since 2007, there are refugees and followers in the Middle East and elsewhere. Hamas’s ally Syria became close in 2012 when Meshaal left Damascus to fight rebels opposed to Iranian-backed President Bashar al-Assad.
Palestinian analyst Akram Atallah said the move would not lead to a significant change in Hamas’s position, given its more pragmatic approach to Arab and Western countries and its broader alliance with Meshaal Haniyeh in the Middle East. Eastern conflict.
“I do not see Hamas’s policy toward Israel as extremist or moderate. I believe there is an agreement on this, ”Atallah said.