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Wave of Israeli Arrests Targeting Fatah Commanders

Wave of Israeli Arrests Targeting Fatah Commanders

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019 - 13:15
Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian boy during clashes in West Bank. Credit: Reuters
Tel Aviv- Asharq Al-Awsat
The Israeli occupation forces have launched a wide-scope arrest campaign in East Jerusalem in the past months, targeting mainly Fatah Movement commanders.

To Israeli authorities, this wave serves security purposes, however, the movement commanders consider it a political campaign to chase its cadres and field leaders.

Israel is not working undercover anymore, said a senior source at the movement bureau. He added that it is bracing Hamas in Gaza Strip, from one side, and targeting Fatah in the West Bank, from the other side.

The source linked this campaign to the Deal of the Century, which – according to him – seeks to undermine every resisting Palestinian party. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has put a strategic plan to end the Palestinian cause, he continued.

The Israeli occupation arrested more than 400 Fatah activists from Jerusalem and Ramallah since the beginning of the year. Field leaders are referred to trial or held under administrative detention for extendable six months.

It arrested on Sunday President of the Palestinian Prisoner and Secretary of the Fatah Movement in the Old City of Jerusalem Club Nasser Qus, activists Niaz and Sajid Salaymeh, and the kid Mohammed Yazen Farouk, when they were preparing food aid to be distributed in the Old City to support the families in need during the Month of Ramadan.

Israel public prosecution indicted Monday Fatah Revolutionary Council member Zakaria Zubeidi and Commission of Detainees Affairs lawyer Tarek Bargut with committing security irregularities and carrying out shooting attacks near Ramallah.

Zubeidi, who led the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, was pardoned by Israeli security forces as part of a deal signed with the Palestinian Authority in 2007. But the occupation authorities abolished the decision in Dec. 2011 without justification.

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