Israel Arrests 25, Including Palestinian Lawmakers
Hamas condemns roundup in West Bank
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 6:44 PM CST
Israeli soldiers detain an activist during clashes that erupted after the funeral of Palestinian Mustafa Tamimi in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.    (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

(Newser) – Israel today arrested three Palestinian lawmakers amid a roundup of 25 Hamas members in the West Bank, Global Post reports. Israel didn't explain the arrests but has discussed plans to detain more suspected militants in the wake of civil unrest, notes Breitbart. One of the detainees, still unidentified, was behind reconciliation talks between militant Hamas and its secular opponent Fatah. Hamas promptly criticized the roundup as an attempt to derail the reconciliation, reports the Jerusalem Post.

An official in a multi-party Palestinian group condemned the "arbitrary arrests," saying that "Israel has violated international law and the most basic norms of human rights." Israel is already holding more than 4,500 Palestinians, 12 of whom are Palestinian parliament members. Israel once held far more Palestinians but released over a thousand in 2011 in a trade for soldier Gilad Shalit, who had been held by Palestinian militants for more than five years.

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jgarbuz
Feb 5, 2013 11:27 AM CST
Weapons found hidden under kindergarten in Galilee village Cache includes RPGs, rockets, bombs and ammunition believed to be intended for crime families By Gabe Fisher February 5, 2013 Northern District (Israeli) police discovered an extensive weapons arsenal hidden in a school and other places in the Galilee village of Abu Sinan on Tuesday. The weapons were concealed in several locations in the village, including in a kindergarten and a drainage ditch. The cache included rockets, grenades, explosives, detonators, RPGs and hundreds of bullets. Authorities confiscated and destroyed the weapons. Police believe the arsenal was intended for use by crime families in the north, and not for terrorist activity. One arrest was made during the operation. This was the second such discovery in Abu Sinan this year. In January, police found a similar store of grenades, bombs and ammunition while raiding the compound of a suspected crime family."
jewright510
Feb 5, 2013 8:45 AM CST
Is there anything we as Americans can do to aid the human rights of Palestinians?
right2dave
Feb 5, 2013 6:07 AM CST
Throw them out with the rest of the Hamas trash!