Gazan arrested on way to US-backed tech fair

AP News
Posted: Aug 28, 2013 11:19 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has confirmed the arrest of a Gaza man who was detained as he prepared to travel to a U.S.-sponsored cultural event in the West Bank.

Israel's Shin Bet security agency says Alaa Miqbel was arrested this week when he arrived at an Israeli crossing to pick up a travel permit. It says the 30-year-old man belongs to the Islamic Jihad Palestinian militant group and had participated in attacks on Israeli soldiers.

Miqbel works for a nonprofit youth group and had been invited to a technology camp whose sponsors included the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem. His father, Hasan, denied the allegations and said his son is not involved in politics or attacks.

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Consulate spokesman Peter Galus confirmed Wednesday that Miqbel had been invited and said participants had been screened for security purposes. He had no details about the arrest.