Saturday, April 14, 2007
"Nablus - Ma'an - Israeli forces held the Palestinian minister of labour Mahmoud Al Aloul for more than one-and-a-half hours at Huwwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, on Saturday.
The minister was seized along with his companions because the Israeli soldiers found a pistol in the minister's suitcase.
Speaking to Ma'an via telephone, the minister said "the Israeli army stopped me and my associates for more than an-hour-and-a-half at the barrier because they found a pistol in my suitcase."
Al Aloul said that he forgot to tell the soldiers at the barrier about the pistol when they searched his car.
He confirmed that this was not the first time the Israeli soldiers have hindered the movement of Palestinians. "
"He confirmed that this was not the first time the Israeli soldiers have hindered the movement of Palestinians."
No kidding, Mr. "Labor Minister!"
Next, the "minister" asked the Israeli soldier for permission to go to the restroom.