ELECTRONIC INTIFADA - Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Dr. Naser El-Deen El-Sha'er, [has been abducted] by Israeli Occupation Forces from his house in Ramallah. The abduction is a continuation of the campaign against Palestinian Government Ministers and members of the Palestinian Legislative Council from the pro-Hamas "Change and Reform List." PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 01:00 on Saturday, 19 August 2006, an IOF contingent moved into Ramallah and surrounded the residence of Dr. Naser El-Deen El-Sha'er in the Maysoon Quarter. Through loudspeakers, IOF ordered Dr. El-Sha'er to surrender to them. Immediately afterwards, IOF troops stormed the residence and detained Dr. El-Sha'er with his wife and children looking on. IOF took him to an undisclosed location. Dr. El-Sha'er's wife, Huda, stated that IOF conducted the arrest very quickly. She pointed that the whole siege and arrest operation lasted about 10 minutes.
Dr. El-Sha'er, who is originally from the town of Sabsateyya, northwest of Nablus, is a Ph.D. holder in comparative religion. He was the dean of Shari'a School at El-Najah University. He was detained by IOF two times prior to this abduction. The last detention was last October, where he spent four months under administrative detention.
On 6 August 2006, IOF detained Dr. Aziz Dweik, the PLC Speaker. And on 29 June 2006, IOF detained eight Cabinet Ministers and twenty-one PLC members from the pro-Hamas parliamentary bloc, as well as Hamas political leaders. And on 6 July 2006, IOF detained the second deputy speaker of the PLC, Dr. Hasan Khreisha. He was released on 30 July 2006 after posting a 10,000 New Israeli Shekel bail.