Israel Police Arrests Hamas Men Linked to 2000 Lynching of IDF Soldiers

Lifted gag order reveals that Marwan Maadi, 51, and Yasser Hatab, arrested during June operation, admit to taking part in the Ramallah lynching.

Israel Police forces in the West Bank arrested 10 Hamas activists in June of this year, some of whom admitted to taking part in the 2000 lynching of two Israel Defense Forces soldiers in Ramallah, a lifted gag order revealed on Thursday.

According to newly exposed information, the activists were arrested in the Ramallah and Binyamin districts of the West Bank, with two of the Hamas operatives detained admitting in their questioning of participating in the Ramallah lynch, in which both Yossi Avrahami and Vadim Nurzhitz were brutally wounded.

Last week the two, Marwan Maadi, 51, and Yasser Hatab, 40, both from the village Jafna, near Ramallah, were indicted in the Judea military court, and are accused of murder.

Norzhich and Avrahami were killed in October 2000, at the start of the intifada, after they mistakenly drove their car into the West Bank city.

Both reservists were arrested and then beaten to death by Palestinians who stormed the police station where they were being held.

Late last year, two Palestinians who participated in the 2000 lynching owre released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal.

IDF in West Bank - AP - 2006