JERUSALEM, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli occupation authorities today re-detained a Palestinian prisoner the moment he was being released from Naqab prison upon completion of his 19-year sentence, and raided his family house in the occupied city of Jerusalem, according to family members.
Malek Bukeirat, 41, was re-detained the moment he set his foot outside of the Naqab prison in the south of Israel and was taken to the Russian Compound, the Maskoubiya, interrogation center in West Jerusalem, his family confirmed, adding that they were not allowed to even celebrate his release after his long imprisonment, nor touch him or shake his hand at the prison.
The Israeli occupation forces also raided today the Bukeirat family house in Sur Baher neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem and ransacked the place after forcing the family to stay outside.
Bukeirat was detained on December 31, 2001, at a checkpoint outside the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, and was later sentenced to 19 years in prison for resisting the occupation. His wife was pregnant with their first child when he was released.
His father, Najeh Bukeirat, deputy director of the Waqf Department in Jerusalem, was also banned last month from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli authorities for a period of six months.