Israel detains Palestinian parliament speaker in West Bank raid Bernard Hibbitts at 6:23 PM ET
[JURIST] Israeli security forces late Saturday detained the speaker of the Palestinian parliament [official website, in Arabic] after surrounding his home in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Aziz Dweik [official profile in Arabic; JMCC profile] is a senior member of Hamas [CFR backgrounder], the movement now in control of the Palestinian government, and an Israeli army spokesman told Reuters that "Since Hamas is a terrorist organization, he is a target for arrest." Israeli troops surrounded Dweik's home twice before without taking him into custody; on at least one occasion he was away. Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya has denounced what he called Israel's act of "piracy."
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