Saturday, June 30, 2007
Hamas ministers in Israeli jails (MaanImages)
Israeli court demands Palestinian officials forgo their posts in order to secure their freedom
"Nablus – Ma'an – Palestinian sources said on Saturday that investigators from the Israeli interior intelligence service, Shin Bet, stated that the detained Palestinian ministers, Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members and mayors must resign from their posts before they can be released.
The Israeli military court said that the Palestinian officials must sign a written obligation to resign, as a precondition for their release.
The Nafha society for prisoners' rights said in a statement, "This is an obnoxious measure intended to strip the Palestinian Legislative Council members of their posts."
PLC members described the act as a desperate attempt to eradicate the Palestinian legitimacy, steal the Palestinian right to choose political representatives and impose Israeli will on the Palestinian people.
The PLC members were also quoted as saying that they will never accept such a trade-off, even if they are forced to spend a lifetime in Israeli jails. The officials added that such a bargain would mean surrendering the confidence placed in them by the Palestinian people. "