Four Palestinian Arabs were arrested by Palestinian Authority police for the heinous crime of visiting a Jewish sukkah during the just-ended Feast of Tabernacles.
The four were part of a larger delegation of Palestinian Arabs who accepted the holiday invitation of Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi.
Efrat is situated in Judea (the so-called “West Bank”) just south of Jerusalem, and is one of the larger of the Jewish “settlements” that the world claims are an obstacle to peace.
Following the arrest, an Palestinian official speaking on condition of anonymity told Israel’s Ynet news portal that “any Palestinian cooperation with settlers is viewed as violating the law, it is collaboration with the enemy.”
Mayor Revivi noted that such policies would not lead to peace and coexistence.
“It is absurd that having coffee with Jews is considered a crime by the Palestinian Authority,” he said. “Initiatives that seek to foster cooperation and peace between people should be encouraged, not silenced.”
Commenting on Facebook, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wondered why there was no response from the international community to this grave violation of basic human rights, to say nothing of the spirit of the peace process.
“Where is the outrage of human rights organizations? There is none. To their great shame, they are silent,” the Israeli leader pointed out.