The four Palestinians who were arrested by the Palestinian Authority after they visited a sukkah in Efrat were released yesterday evening after the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories intervened. Earlier yesterday evening, the Israeli Prime Minister harshly criticized human rights organizations for remaining silent about the arrest.







The Palestinians visiting the sukkah in Efrat

The Palestinians visiting the sukkah in Efrat Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Yesterday evening (Sunday), the four Palestinians who were arrested and interrogated by the Palestinian Authority shortly after they visited a sukkah that was built in the settlement of Efrat were released from custody. They were released after the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai intervened.

Earlier yesterday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu uploaded a post to his Facebook page in which he attacked the human rights organization operating in the West Bank for remaining silent about the arrest.

“A few days ago, four Palestinians visited the Sukkah of Oded Revivi, Chief Foreign Envoy of the YESHA Council and Mayor of Efrat,” wrote Netanyahu. “They came to honor the festival of Sukkot and their Jewish neighbors. They were welcomed as guests in keeping with the best of the Jewish tradition.”

“These visitors did no harm to anyone,” continued Netanyahu. “But when they returned from the visit, they were arrested by the Palestinian Authority. According to senior PA officials, they will be sentenced and jailed for the crime of ‘normalization with Israel.’”

“Where is the outrage of human rights organizations?” wrote the Israeli Prime Minister, “There is none. To their great shame, they are silent. This silence is neither new nor surprising. These organizations are silent when the Palestinian leadership pays salaries to the families of terrorists, glorifies murderers and calls streets and city-centers after them.”







Netanyahu

Netanyahu Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

According to Netanyahu, this proves that these organizations are not interested in protecting human rights but “only in shaming Israel and libeling it around the world.” Netanyahu continued: “They use the important ideal of human rights as a political tool to bash Israel. I call on the international community to work to help free these innocent Palestinians whose imprisonment is yet another proof of the Palestinian refusal to make peace.”