Chatting with Anadolu Company, al-Rajoub, 63, stated he was searched throughout an Israeli raid on his residence within the city of Dura, west of Hebron.
“An intelligence officer then threatened me to not run within the upcoming polls,” al-Rajoub stated, including that he was solely allowed to solid a poll within the elections.
Al-Rujoub, a brother of distinguished Fatah chief Jibril al-Rujoub, obtained essentially the most votes throughout the 2006 parliamentary elections gained by Hamas.
Within the Hamas-led authorities that emerged from these elections, Al-Rujoub served as minister of spiritual endowments. He had beforehand been detained by Israeli forces and served greater than eight years in jail.
Earlier Tuesday, Israeli forces arrested 13 Palestinians, together with Hamas chief Faze’ Sawafta, in in a single day raids within the occupied West Financial institution.
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Hamas, which guidelines the Gaza Strip, had earlier warned of Israeli plans to stage a mass arrest marketing campaign in opposition to the resistance group forward of Palestinian elections later this 12 months.
Over the previous month, a number of Hamas members had been detained in Israeli raids, with the Palestinian group warning that the Israeli arrests goal to disrupt the Palestinian elections and have an effect on its outcomes.
Palestinians are scheduled to vote in legislative elections on Could 22, presidential polls on July 31, and Nationwide Council polls on Aug. 31.
The final legislative elections, through which Hamas gained a majority, had been held in 2006.
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