Days After Serving 14-year Sentence for Poison Plot, Palestinian Arrested for 'Supporting Terrorism'

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The East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal Mukkaber, seen from the new Jewish neighborhood of Nof Zion. Credit: Eyal Toueg

A Palestinian man who served a 14-year sentence for planning to poison the food at a Jerusalem café was arrested on Friday, only a week after his release. 

Sofian Abdu, a resident of the Jabel Mukkaber neighborhood in Jerusalem, was arrested under suspicion of supporting and identifying a terrorist organization. 

Abdu was received with celebrations in his neighborhood after his release on Monday, 14 years after he was jailed for planning to poison Israelis at the iconic Rimon café, as well as a suicide attack, both of which were not carried out. 

Following his release, Abdu told a Palestinian radio station that tensions are high at Israeli prisons due to the treatment of the Palestinian prisoners. According to Abdu, Israel is deliberately instigating confrontations between the prisoners and the prison staff, in order to humiliate them. He also added that other prisoners have asked him to urge the Palestinians to step up protests for the prisoners and especially those on a hunger strike. 

Last June, Israel put under administrative detention Bilal Kayid, a Palestinian prisoner who was set to be released from prison after over 14 years.