Thu 13 Jun 2024 10:10 pm - Jerusalem Time

Israel releases the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Aziz Al-Dweik

Today, Thursday, the Israeli occupation authorities released the Chairman of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Aziz Dweik, who had been detained for 8 months, while activists circulated pictures of him revealing the deterioration of his health condition as a result of his prison conditions.

Anadolu Agency quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the Israeli authorities released Al-Dweik at Al-Dhaheriya military checkpoint in the city of Hebron, south of the West Bank, while Palestinian platforms published pictures of Al-Dweik to compare his health condition before and after arrest.

Al-Dweik (75 years old) was arrested on October 17, as part of administrative detention, which comes under an Israeli military order under the pretext of the existence of what the occupation calls a “security threat” without an indictment, and extends to 6 months, which can be extended.

In mid-December, the Palestinian Prisoners' Club said that Dweik was going through very difficult health conditions in the Negev prison in southern Israel, noting that since his arrest, Dweik had not been receiving appropriate medical treatment, and his family was demanding that they be allowed to visit him to check on his health condition.

The Prisoner Club indicated that Dweik also suffers from anemia and hemoglobin deficiency due to diabetes, explaining that he had previously undergone two catheterization operations and fragmentation of kidney stones.

The occupation forces previously arrested Dweik several times, including in June 2014, and released him on June 9, 2015.

Al-Dweik, who is from the city of Hebron, assumed the presidency of the Legislative Council since the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) won the majority of the council’s seats in the parliamentary elections in 2006, but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Constitutional Court in Ramallah decided to dissolve the council in late 2018.


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Israel releases the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Aziz Al-Dweik