Bedouins Demand Hamas Release Prisoners

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israeli Bedouins have demanded that Hamas release a mentally disabled prisoner it has been holding for a year, together with the Ethiopian-Israeli prisoner, Avera Mengistu, The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.

A letter authored by “the community of Israeli Bedouins” and addressed to the Hamas military wing, the Kassam Brigades, was posted on Palestinian social media networks.

“By holding a mentally disabled Muslim person, the Kassam Brigades are acting immorally. They infringe on this man’s liberty and hurt his family,” the letter read.

The Bedouin prisoner, whose name remains under gag order in Israel, is a resident of the Negev town of Hura. He reportedly crossed the border into Gaza in April 2015, when he was captured by Hamas.