Israel military court charges Palestinian parliament speaker Joshua Pantesco at 2:19 PM ET
[JURIST] An Israeli military court on Tuesday charged Palestinian parliament speaker Aziz Dweik [official profile in Arabic; JMCC profile] with membership and activity in a terrorist organization, over Dweik's complaints that the Israel Defense Forces [official website] court has no jurisdiction over elected Palestinian officials. Dweik's next court hearing is scheduled for August 31, again at the Ofer military base in the West Bank. Dweik was arrested [JURIST report] at his home in Ramallah on August 5 for being a senior leader of Hamas [CFR backgrounder], which Israel contends is a terrorist organization. He was hospitalized [JURIST report] last week for chest pains and breathing problems, which he alleges were brought on by abuse at the hands of his Israeli captors, allegations echoed by two now-released Hamas officials [JURIST report] and denied by Israel.
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