Middle East

Israel silencing detained Palestinian journalist says wife

  • Palestinian journalists run from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, who was arrested by Israeli authorities over the weekend, outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian journalists run from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, who was arrested by Israeli authorities over the weekend, outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian journalists hold banners during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, who was arrested by Israeli authorities over the weekend, outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian journalists hold banners during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal, who was arrested by Israeli authorities over the weekend, outside Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

The wife of a detained Palestinian journalist says she believes Israel is trying to silence him.

Omar Nazzal, 53, was seized at an Israeli-run border crossing over the weekend. He was heading to a meeting of the European Federation of Journalists in Bosnia.

Israel did not say Tuesday why it arrested Nazzal.

Nazzal headed Palestine Today, a TV station affiliated with the militant group Islamic Jihad, for five months, but quit earlier this year. He also had ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a small PLO faction.

Nazzal frequently spoke out against Israeli closures of media outlets accused of incitement.

Nazzal's wife says an Israeli prosecutor told a military court this week that he had collected secret evidence against her husband, which he would not disclose.