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Hamas Makes Arrests over Zoom Video Chat with Israelis

Hamas Makes Arrests over Zoom Video Chat with Israelis

Thursday, 9 April, 2020 - 18:00
FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of displayed Zoom logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
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Hamas movement arrested a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, saying that he had taken part in a video conference with Israelis and describing his act as "treason."


The Gaza interior ministry identified the man as Rami Aman and said that some of his associates, whose details were not disclosed, had also been arrested.


Aman describes himself as a freelance journalist and member of a group called The Gaza Youth Committee on his Facebook page.


The meeting for which he was arrested was held on Monday on the Zoom video conference app. It appears to have been organized by Israeli peace activists, who could not be reached for comment.


An invitation link to a Zoom conference entitled 'Meet Gazan Activists' was posted on a Facebook event page that has since expired. It read: "Finally, an opportunity to speak with Gazans who not only do not hate us but are working tirelessly to open channel of communication between Gazans and Israelis."


It also named Rami Aman and his group as participants, Reuters reported.


"Holding any activity or any contact with the Israeli occupation under any cover is a crime punishable by law and is treason to our people and their sacrifices," Interior Ministry spokesman Eyad al-Bozom said in a statement.


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