A Palestinian protester uses slingshot to hurl stones at Israeli troops following a demonstration against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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The measures are the among the harshest ever against elected Palestinians in the occupied territories and come on top of restrictions imposed on Arab-Israelis in the Israeli parliament.As well as the detention of parliamentarians in the occupied West Bank, Israel has taken steps against Arab-Israeli members of its own parliament, the Knesset.Around a fifth of Israel's 8 million people are Arab-Israeli -- Palestinians who hold Israeli citizenship -- although they have only 12 of the 120 seats in parliament.Haneen Zoabi, another Balad MP, was banned last month from speaking in the Knesset for six months after she said the Palestinians accused of abducting and killing three Israeli teenagers in June were not terrorists.
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