Saturday, August 8, 2009

Israeli High Court rejects a request to arrest former Aqsa Brigades fighters

Saturday August 08, 2009 02:55 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

The Israeli High Court of Justice rejected an appeal filed by Israeli member of Knesset of the right-wing National Union Party, demanded the Court to order the arrest of former fighters of the Al Aqsa Brigades of Fateh movement.

Aqsa Brrigades emblem
Aqsa Brrigades emblem

Five former Aqsa Brigades fighters who were previously pardoned by Israel as a gesture of good will towards president Mahmoud Abbas are participating in the Fateh conference in Bethlehem. Zakariyya Zobeidy, who headed the Brigades, is among the five.

Ben-Ari and his aide Itamar Ben Gvir demanded stated in their appeal that the former fighters pose a threat to Israel’s security, but the court decided that Israel granted the former fighters a permit to head to Bethlehem to participate in the conference, and that they are only moving in Palestinian controlled areas in the West bank.

The two said that the army should arrest the fighter directly after they leave Bethlehem.

“They have bloody hands, they must pay the price”, the two right-wingers stated in their appeal, “the pardon they received was wrong and should be revoked”.