PA security arrests elected mayor of Beit Ummar

[ 18/12/2010 – 04:11 PM ]


AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Palestinian Authority security agencies arrested Saturday Beit Ummar’s elected mayor Farhan Moussa Alqam after raiding and searching his home and confiscating his personal computer.

The mayor was abducted on two previous occasions but was let go and rearrested by Israeli authorities, spending a year and a half in detention during his last bid.

Farhan Alqam was elected mayor of Beit Ummar in 2005, but he was arrested by Israeli authorities shortly after when the Fatah-controlled PA in Ramallah assigned a replacement mayor for him. After his release, Alqam filed a claim at the Ramallah supreme court, which ruled that Alqam would return to his position, but that ruling has not yet been put into effect. The mayor has since been constantly victimized by questioning by PA security agencies.

In a related context, a meeting will be held Sunday between figures from the PA and Israel to discuss what is being called “a way out of the negotiation crisis”, newspapers in Jordan said.

De facto Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly aware of the meeting.

One hundred Israelis who call themselves “believers in peace and the two-state solution” will meet with Palestinian officials in the Ramallah presidential headquarters to discuss a solution to the negotiation crisis caused by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s unwillingness to bend on the issue of Jewish settlement activity in the occupied territories.

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PA security arrests elected mayor of Beit Ummar.

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