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Three West Bank Residents Are Placed Under Administrative Arrest

Israeli security forces Monday imposed administrative arrests for six months on three West Bank residents suspected of conspiracy to organize subversive or terrorist activities.

The three were detained by power of emergency regulations which had been enacted at the time of the British Mandate. They are: Hamis Tawfik Abu-Kishek, 30, of the Fara refugee camp, suspected of having been active in the Fatah terrorist organization and inciting the population against the authorities; and Mohammad Ali Faraj, 19, of the Dahaishe refugee camp, suspected of being a leading nationalist activist in the Bethlehem region. According to military sources, he organized and participated in terrorist activities and incited the population.

Ibrahim Ali Abu-Zahra, 37, of the Yatta village in the Hebron Mountains, was also arrested. He reportedly confessed to recruiting people into Fatah.

The imposition of administrative arrests – that is, without any court procedure — was instituted under Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin a year and a half ago, after an increase of terrorist activities in the territories.

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