Palestinian Authority arrest campaign ‘one of the worst in years’

by | Jul 29, 2022 | World

Ramallah, occupied West Bank – The Palestinian Authority (PA) is carrying out one of the largest political arrest campaigns in years against Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with at least 94 people arrested over the past two months.Those arrested include university students and journalists, with at least 20 still in detention, according to the Ramallah-based Lawyers for Justice group. None were charged with any offences, and most were released after 10 days in prison.
“This is one of the most major campaigns since at least 2012,” Muhannad Karajeh, the head of Lawyers for Justice, told Al Jazeera, adding that a “sizeable number of detainees reported maltreatment and torture in detention”.
Karajeh said the majority of those arrested were Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) activists as well as, to a lesser extent, individuals affiliated with the PA’s governing party Fatah, and the left-wing Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
“We receive new cases every day,” Karajeh, whose firm represents political detainees, said.
The lawyer also noted that a large portion of the people being arrested were imprisoned in Israeli jails in the past, making their detention by the PA more controversial for Palestinians.
“The majority were interrogated about their political activism, for example about their participation in elections – whether as ca …

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