Israel detains Jordanian-Canadian for alleged Hamas links

A businessman with Canadian citizenship has been detained by the Israeli government for two weeks and reportedly forbidden from speaking to his lawyer.

Shin Bet, the Israeli security service, arrested Ibrahim Siyam when he tried to travel to the West Bank for a conference on economic development of the Palestinian territories, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Mr. Siyam, 58, holds Jordanian and Canadian citizenship and divides his time between the two countries. His auto-parts business, based in Jordan, manufactures mostly car radiators for international distribution, according to its website. It includes a testimonial from a fellow auto-parts businessman in Markham, Ont.

A millionaire, Mr. Siyam owns other companies in China, Qatar and Croatia and was invited to the development conference by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, Haaretz said.