Israeli troopers arrest B’Tselem researcher who documented protest in opposition to West Financial institution outpost – Israel Information



Israeli troopers arrested a researcher for the Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem on Thursday as a result of he had photographed a protest in opposition to an unlawful West Financial institution outpost a couple of days earlier, based on the researcher.

Arif Daraghmeh, 50, from the Palestinian West Bank Metropolis of Tubas, was detained on the Tayasir checkpoint, which isn’t normally manned by troopers. He was launched solely late that evening.

At no level throughout his detention was he handcuffed, which he says proves his arrest was false and supposed to intimidate him.

Daraghmeh stated that he had arrived on the checkpoint in a car together with a couple of associates. “The troopers instantly requested us unusual questions, like if there’s any exercise at this time and if we’re going to plant olive timber,” he stated. “They known as an officer within the Civil Administration, who was additionally enthusiastic about any deliberate exercise within the Jordan Valley.”

The B’Tselem researcher then heard a military officer inform a policeman whom the troopers had summoned that they’ve a video of him taking part in an illustration on October 26 in opposition to the Shirat Ha’asavim outpost within the Jordan Valley.

After about an hour and a half later, Daraghmeh’s associates had been allowed to depart, however he was taken to a military base close to the settlement of Mehola. He stated the troopers left him sitting by the gate, within the solar, with out cuffing him or in any other case restraining him.

He was then despatched for a bodily examination, as required in each arrest, and the physician referred him to Haemek Hospital in Afula for additional exams and preliminary remedy. Whereas he was between exams on the hospital, he stated, the troopers copied all of the images on his cellphone.

At about 10 P.M., Daraghmeh was taken to the police station within the West Financial institution settlement of Ariel for questioning. He was requested about his presence on the protest in opposition to the outpost, and likewise at one other protest that occurred shortly thereafter close to the village of Ein al-Biddya, to which he replied that he was merely doing his job as a B’Tselem researcher. He was lastly launched at about three A.M. on Friday.

Throughout his day-long arrest, attorneys Gabi Lasky and Itay Lasky tried to seek out out the place Daraghmeh was held, however didn’t obtain clear solutions from the military and the police.

The police advised Haaretz on Thursday that questions on Daraghmeh’s arrest must be referred to the Israel Protection Forces Spokesperson’s Unit. That unit responded solely on Friday.

“Throughout routine IDF operations, a Palestinian was arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace,” the IDF spokesperson stated. “As a part of his arrest, the detainee underwent bodily examinations at a military base, after which it was determined to take him to the hospital.”

The Shirat Ha’asavim outpost has been increasing since 2016 regardless of stop-work orders issued in opposition to it. Furthermore, work not too long ago started on a street between it and one other unlawful outpost – Givat Salit, which is within the technique of being legalized – and the street can be being paved with out a allow.

Palestinian shepherds say shepherds from Shirat Ha’asavim have restricted their entry to pasture lands they’ve used for many years.