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Mon Jan 23, 2012, 03:04 PM

Israel Police arrest Hamas lawmakers in East Jerusalem compound

Khaled Abu Rafah and Mohammed Totah sought refuge from Israeli arrest in a Red Cross compound in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in July 2010.

By Oz Rosenberg and The Associated Press

Jerusalem Police arrested two Hamas lawmakers on Monday who had been hiding for over a year in an East Jerusalem Red Cross compound.

The two men, Khaled Abu Rafah, and Mohammed Totah sought refuge from Israeli arrest in the compound in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem in July 2010. The menís identity cards were previously confiscated by the Israeli government.

It must be noted that the Red Cross compound does not provide diplomatic immunity.
Police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said the men were wanted for "Hamas activities," but would not elaborate.

Israel, the U.S., EU and Israel list Hamas as a terror group due to its suicide bombings and other attacks aimed at civilians that have killed hundreds of Israelis.

in full: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-police-arrest-hamas-lawmakers-in-east-jerusalem-compound-1.408832

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