Six Palestinians Allegedly Arrested for Voicing Support for Israeli Annexation
At least six people who allegedly support Israeli annexations have reportedly been arrested by the Palestinian Authority.
Under a U.S.-Israeli plan, Israel would annex parts of the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority, however, has said it is against the proposal.
According to Barron's, the Palestinian Authority security denies it made any arrests related to the claim.
In an Israeli television report from June, several Palestinians were recorded by a hidden camera, saying they supported the annexation and hoped to become Israeli citizens.
The report distorted their voices and blurred their faces.
"I want an Israeli identity card," one Palestinian says. Another said that he didn't see "Israelis as enemies – their government is the enemy.” Another said he "chose Israel.”
Israeli journalist Tzvi Yehezkeli, who made the report, said at least six people who voiced support for the annexations have since been arrested. He said family members of the recorded people told him of the arrests and that he felt “responsible.”
"I was surprised to see that even though I've blurred the faces of all the people I filmed and distorted their voices, the Authority has reached and arrested (some) of them, it's just amazing," he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he supports the Middle East plan put forth by President Donald Trump.
Israel has yet to announce its decision on the proposed annexation, a move that the United Nations has said would violate international law.
Palestinian officials have said an annexation could trigger more conflict between Israel and Palestine.
In a poll from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, 88 percent of Palestinians said they oppose Trump’s proposal.
It’s unclear if Palestinians living on annexed land would become Israeli citizens. Netanyahu has said they would not, but the Palestinian Authority has said they would lose their status as Palestinians as well.
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