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Islamic Jihad: PA political detention is 'free service for Israeli occupation'

Image of the Palestinian Authority police forces violently intervening a protest against the trial of Basel al-Araj, who was killed during a raid by Israeli soldiers at his home, and his five friends in front of the Ramallah Minor Court in Ramallah, West Bank, March 12, 2017 ( Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency )
Palestinian Authority police forces can be seen violently arresting a Palestinian man on 12 March 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Senior Islamic Jihad leader in the occupied West Bank Ahmad Al-Ouri yesterday condemned the political detention of Palestinian citizens carried out by the Palestinian Authority (PA), Safa news agency reported.

"This is part of the PA-Israeli security cooperation and support for the Israeli occupation on the ground," the Islamic Jihad leader said, stressing that these detentions "mount to flagrant violations of the basic Palestinian law."

He said that political detention by the PA is "very similar to the Israeli administrative detention" as both of them were carried out based on undisclosed accusations.

"Carrying out the political detention, the PA is offering a free service to the Israeli occupation, which responds to it with settlement expansion, raids, killings, judaisation and expropriation of Palestinian lands all over the occupied West Bank," he said.

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The Palestinian leader lamented the status of human rights in the West Bank due to the "violations of the PA and the Israeli occupation" against the Palestinians.

He also expressed his surprise that the PA continues its violations against Palestinians "at a time when the Palestinians are in urgent need for national unity in order to face the ongoing challenges."

"The PA destabilises the national Palestinian fabric and causes divisions among the Palestinian people," stressing that his movement "is sticking to the national unity in spite of all political detentions."

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