Israel arrested a senior Hamas official in the West Bank on Tuesday, accusing him of inciting violence by encouraging attacks against Israelis.
The Israeli military says it detained Hassan Yousef near Ramallah and accused him of “actively instigating and inciting terrorism,” the Associated Press reported. It marks the most high-profile arrest in a month of unrest in the region.
Over the past month, nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, most of them stabbings and 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, including 20 described by Israel as attackers. The rest died in clashes with Israeli troops.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said: “Hamas’ leaders cannot expect to propagate violence and terror from the comfort of their living rooms and pulpits of their mosques,” according to the AP.
Yousef is a co-founder of Hamas, which the United States and Israel have designated a terrorist organization. His son Mosab Hassan Yousef spied for Israel between 1997 and 2007 and abandoned Islam for Christianity. Mosab emigrated to America in 2007 and claimed political asylum, later co-writing the book ‘Son of Hamas’.
An Eritrean migrant died late Sunday after being mistakenly shot by a security guard and then beaten by a mob that mistook him for a Palestinian attacker.
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