Israeli forces yesterday arrested Khalil Tafakji, head of the maps department at the Arab Studies Society in Jerusalem, the news agency Anadolu reported.
A source in the Tafakji family told Anadolu that large numbers of occupation police and intelligence services stormed the department and tampered with its possessions.
Occupation intelligence raid the Arab Studies Society, an affiliation of the Orient House, in Dahiyet Al-Bareed north of Jerusalem and detain its director, Khalil Tafakji, and the employees pic.twitter.com/aX41TS3b2N
— Silwanic (@Silwanic1) July 8, 2020
After extensive searches, the Israeli forces arrested Tafakji, who is also an expert in Jewish settlements.
The source, who preferred not to be named, explained that “the Israeli police and intelligence services did not provide reasons for the raid or Tafakji’s arrest.”
Takfaji is a prominent expert in the affairs of Jewish settlements and documents their activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Notre auteur @Ed_LaDecouverte, Khalil Tafakji, cartographe et géographe palestinien, vient d’être arrêté à Jérusalem par les forces d’occupation israéliennes. Ses ordinateurs ont été confisqués, ses documents de travail, abîmés. Son histoire et celle de la colonisation restent. pic.twitter.com/tFIFEUJaX6
— Carole Lozano (@CaroleLozano) July 8, 2020
He was last detained in February.
Over the last few months, Israeli police forces have been raiding east Jerusalem neighborhoods on a daily basis, ransacking homes and arresting and assaulting Palestinians.
(Palestine Chronicle, MEMO, Social Media)