Palestinian Authority steps up crackdown on activists, rivals in West Bank

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Palestinian Authority steps up crackdown on activists, rivals in West Bank
Hamas sources said that the crackdown was one of the fruits of the ongoing security coordination between the PA and Israel.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
OCTOBER 13, 2021

The Palestinian Authority is continuing its crackdown on political activists and rivals in the West Bank, notwithstanding protests by Palestinian and international human rights organizations, Palestinians said on Wednesday. The clampdown, which has targeted dozens of Palestinians over the past few weeks, is emboldening Hamas, the PA’s main rivals, and threatening to undermine security and stability in the West Bank, according to the Palestinians. Hamas sources said the crackdown was one of the fruits of the ongoing security coordination between the PA and Israel.

“Many of those arrested over the past few weeks are former prisoners who were held by Israel,” the sources said. “They are arrested by the Palestinian Security Services after being released from Israeli prison. Some are rearrested by Israel after they are freed by the Palestinian forces. This proves that the security coordination is as strong as ever.’ The PA security measures increased after the Israel-Hamas war in May and the killing of anti-corruption activist Nizar Banat a month later.

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