IDF arrests dozens of Hamas militants after solidarity visit to attacker’s village
The IDF said it arrested dozens of Hamas activists on Wednesday after paying a solidarity visit to the West Bank village of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli student.
In a joint operation with the border police and the Shin Bet, Israeli security forces attacked two buses full of Palestinian university students as they exited Turmus Ayya. The students in detention had visited Montasir Shalabi’s home, which the IDF demolished last week as part of its controversial policy to deter future attacks.
The suspects were part of the Hamas student faction at Birzeit University, the IDF said in a statement, adding that “some of the militants arrested were directly involved in terrorist activities, which included money transfers, inciting and organizing Hamas activities in the West Bank. . “
The IDF did not say how many activists it had arrested, but Hebrew media said about half of the 60 students on the buses had been brought in for questioning.
An invitation to Wednesday’s student event posted on social media read: “The Hamas student faction at Birzeit University invites you to visit the family of the heroic prisoner Montasir Shalabi, who executed the heroic [attack] at [Tapuah Junction]. “
Shalabi was accused of killing 19-year-old Yehuda Guetta in Tapuah Junction, in the northern West Bank, on May 2. The shooting also injured two other Israeli teenagers, one of them seriously.
The 44-year-old is suspected of driving to Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank and opening fire on the group of Israeli students at a yeshiva in the nearby settlement of Itamar .
The father of seven was eventually arrested following a three-day manhunt, an hour after Guetta succumbed to his injuries.
Shalabi has dual US-Palestinian citizenship, and senior US officials have contacted their Israeli counterparts to implore them not to proceed with the demolition on the grounds that the family of the alleged perpetrator should not have to pay for their actions. father and their husband. But the IDF has moved ahead with the shave, angering the Biden administration, which has vowed to continue to voice objections about it.
The Axios news site reported on Wednesday that the move led the chairman of the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, Gregory Meeks, to phone Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, berating Jerusalem for the demolition, which took took place while the US lawmaker was in Israel leading a delegation from Congress.
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