Report: Israel arrests ex-soldier living in Bethlehem
Published Friday 15/06/2012 (updated) 17/06/2012 20:27
Andrey Pshenichnikov was living near Bethlehem.
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A former Israeli soldier was arrested recently by Palestinian Authority forces after living in a Bethlehem refugee camp for the past three weeks, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
"I wanted to prove that it’s possible to live with Palestinians, as long as you are not coming off as an enemy," Andrey Pshenichnikov, 24, was quoted as saying by Haaretz.
Pshenichnikov moved to Bethlehem three months ago and was working as a waiter and construction worker.
He told Haaretz that he had moved to Duheisha refugee camp to become part of the "political struggle for Palestinian rights," and had tried to renounce his Israeli citizenship.
The former soldier was born in the Soviet Union and had lived in Israeli for eleven years.
PA forces arrested Pshenichnikov on Israel's request, and he was forced to sign a document agreeing not to enter Palestinian Authority controlled areas, Haaretz said.
He was charged with entering a closed military zone.
Duheisha refugee camp dates back to 1949 and has a population of around 9,000 residents.