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Re-arrested Sheikh Abu TIR, «red beard Hamas»

On Friday, August 4, in a joint operation by the Israeli military, border police and staff of the General security service in Kafr Aqaba (South-Eastern suburb of Ramallah) were detained 66-year-old Hamas activist, member of the Palestinian Parliament Mohammed Abu TIR, known by the nickname «Red beard».

The press service of the IDF was only spoken about the arrest of a Hamas activist in the area of Binyamina. The name of the detainee is not called. Later, Arab and international media agencies have announced the arrest of Abu Tira. The Israeli military confirmed this information, noting that the detainee is suspected of aiding terrorism and the financing of terrorist activities.

Said that Abu TIR was out of prison for a little over two months. May 30, he was released from prison, where he was from January 2016. Then the basis for his detention and arrest were suspected of inciting terror. The Parliament of the Palestinian authority accused Israeli security forces of committing a «war crime». After a long administrative arrest in December last year Abu TIR has been sentenced to 17 months in prison (including administrative detention), 30 months of probation and a fine in the amount of 8 thousand shekels. This time he served completely.

Muhammad Hassan Abu TIR (aka «Sheikh Abu Musab») born in 1951 in Umm Tuba (a village on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem). In the early 70s he joined the ranks of Fatah. Was arrested for terrorist activities and sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. Already in the prison of Abu TIR joined the «Muslim Brothers», and in the late 80s, joined the ranks of the «Islamic resistance movement» (Hamas). After his release from prison he participated in the preparation of poisoning the water system of Israel and supervised the actions of the militants «Izaddina brigades of al-kasama» in Judea and Samaria. He was arrested again and imprisoned, from which came out in 2005, on the eve of elections, the results of which were elected to Parliament from Hamas, and soon headed the parliamentary list of that organization. In 2005-2006, he lived and worked in East Jerusalem. In September 2006, a few months after the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, was re-arrested along with other Ministers and parliamentarians from Hamas, was released in may of 2010, but the release was a ban on the appearance in Jerusalem. For violation of this prohibition was back behind bars in July of the same year. In December of 2010 was released, but soon was arrested again. Released in September 2012. In July 2013, was arrested again and was released from prison in July 2015. Arrested again for terrorist activity in January 2016, sentenced to 17 months in prison in December 2016. 4 August 2017, two months after his release, was arrested again on suspicion of terrorist activities.

For many years Abu TIR dyed his beard with henna, and became known as «red beard». In prison, he has to dye his beard was not, therefore, the freedom of coming out white-bearded Sheikh, and the next time you arrest his beard was once again red.

Re-arrested Sheikh Abu TIR, «red beard Hamas» 05.08.2017

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