Tension between the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist organizations in Jenin is increasing: armed Palestinians from the Palestinian factions in Jenin organized a nightly press conference in which they strongly condemned the PA and demanded that its security forces stop arresting "members of the resistance."
They complained that after the Israeli operation in Jenin, the Palestinian Authority began to tighten its hands and act against military operatives in armed networks as part of so-called "political arrests."
Documentation of arrests carried out by Palestinian Authority apparatuses
A representative of the armed factions in Jenin called on the Palestinian public to renounce members of the Palestinian security forces who "take part in the campaign against the resistance fighters in Jenin and throughout the West Bank." This implies that Palestinian security personnel who participate in arrests may be vulnerable to harm if they do not cease their actions.
"While the occupation attacks Al-Aqsa, our heroes are being persecuted. It only serves the occupation and its settlers," the militants said, demanding an end to "harassment" of their people. They directed their messages mainly at members of the security forces and called on them not to participate in carrying out arrests. "We say to the security services: Wake up and stop these acts. You are arresting the fighters while the occupation is attacking Al-Aqsa."
Armed Palestinians in Jenin, photo: AFP
The background to the gunmen's anger is the PA's relatively increased recent activity to apprehend and arrest activists considered wanted by Israel. The arrests are made on various pretexts, whether for criminal offenses or illegal possession of weapons.
The press conference was preceded by the arrest of an Islamic Jihad operative carried out Monday afternoon by Palestinian Preventive Security personnel. The detainee is released prisoner Ahmad Abu Abed, 22, from Jenin Refugee Camp, who was imprisoned in Israel for four years. "The forces reportedly raided his workplace and took him to an unknown location."
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