Israel blackmails Gazan patients at Erez crossing

Israeli agents have blackmailed Palestinian patients into working as spies at the Israeli controlled Erez crossing in northern Gaza, Press TV reports.

Husam Zaanin, from the town of Beth Hanoun, was the latest victim of the Tel Aviv regime’s spy network. The 28-year-old was detained on July 23. He was one of four Palestinians arrested at the crossing despite getting permission from Israeli authorities.

Husam’s father told Press TV that his son was given permission to leave Gaza through the Erez crossing with his mother.

“Later that day, we received a call from an Israeli intelligence officer telling us that my son was arrested… My son refused to cooperate with them and that is why he got arrested despite his illness,” he added.

Husam’s wife said it was heartbreaking for her to be without her husband as their two daughters kept asking for their father.

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights says many Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip are blackmailed to work as Israeli spies to get exit permits through the Israeli controlled crossing.

Samir Zaqout from Al-Mezan Center said that Israeli agents use exit permits as a method to force Gazan patients into working for them.

“Patients are forced to choose either to collaborate with Israel or die in Gaza under the Geneva Convention or several international humanitarian laws these Israeli practices are illegal and violate the right of freedom of movement,” Zaqout added.

The Israeli regime denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

(Source / 01.08.2013)

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