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Gazan arrested on way to US-backed tech fair

August 28, 2013

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 get 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. Sponsors included the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem. His father Hasan said his son is not involved in politics or attacks.

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

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