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EU asked to stop PA detention campaigns in occupied West Bank

Palestinian Authority security forces attack Palestinian protesters [File photo]
Palestinian Authority security forces attack Palestinian protesters [File photo]

The Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK condemned on Tuesday the kidnapping of Palestinian student Musa Dweekat, 22, in front of Al-Najah University in the occupied West Bank. The group called on the EU to use its influence to stop such violations committed by the Palestinian Authority.

Dweekat was kidnapped earlier this week by the PA security services, beaten and taken forcefully to an undisclosed location. “What happened with Dweekat,” said the rights group, “sets a precedent, as Palestinian students are being chased by the PA and Israeli occupation forces within and outside their universities.”

The organisation also condemned the PA’s attack on the house of Ibrahim Shalhoub, a member of the student council at Al-Najah. The security agents beat him, searched his home and arrested him. He was also taken to an undisclosed location.

According to the AOHR-UK, Shalhoub’s arrest was revenge for a complaint filed against a university order that banned the activities of the Hamas-affiliated Islamic Bloc in West Bank higher education institutions. The increasingly arbitrary detentions by the PA and spread of the torture of prisoners “is something dangerous that necessitates strict EU interference,” it insisted, noting that the PA uses EU funds and exploits its support to crack down on Palestinian citizens.

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