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Israeli forces detain Palestinian suspected in March stabbing attack

May 7, 2017 4:56 P.M. (Updated: May 7, 2017 7:18 P.M.)
(File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces have detained a Palestinian suspected of stabbing an Israeli in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem in March, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

According to Israeli news outlet Ynet, Muhammad Ahmad al-Hadiyeh, a 30-year-old member of Islamic Jihad, was detained in connection with a stabbing attack in which a Palestinian hitchhiker lightly injured an Israeli driver on Route 60 near the Palestinian village of Beit Jala on March 7 before fleeing the scene.

Ynet reported that Hadiyeh had initially been arrested by Palestinian security forces, before being detained by Israeli security forces upon his release from Palestinian custody.

The case seemed to correspond to security coordination procedures between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, which critics have called a "revolving door policy" funneling Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons through politically motivated arrests.

The Hamas movement and other Palestinian groups have repeatedly accused the PA of aligning with Israel's goals in the occupied West Bank by continuing the contested policy.

While the PA has repeatedly threatened to put an end to the security coordination with Israel over the years, a report released last year by Israeli newspaper Haaretz claimed that Palestinian security forces had carried out 40 percent of detentions of “suspected terrorists” in the occupied West Bank in previous months.

According to Palestinian prisoners rights group Addameer, 6,300 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of April.
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