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Palestinian Authority security personnel over the weekend arrested another
Palestinian academic in the West Bank on suspicion of affiliation with
The latest arrest is part of a crackdown that has so far targeted
dozens of Palestinians suspected of supporting Hamas.
Over the weekend,
15 Palestinians were arrested by the PA’s forces in Ramallah, Bethlehem and
Hamas and human rights activists said hundreds of suspects were
being held in PA prisons, without trial and in bad conditions.
the detainees have complained that they were tortured while in
Khader Sundak, former dean of the Faculty of Shari’a at Nablus’s
An-Najah National University, the largest Palestinian university, was picked up
by PA security agents from his home in the city on Friday night.
oldest son, Anas, was arrested two weeks ago by the Fatah-dominated security
forces in the West Bank, also on suspicion of being affiliated with
The father is a prominent academic who had been arrested by the
IDF at least five times in the past.
Sources in Nablus told The Jerusalem
that at least eight An-Najah University lecturers and professors have been
rounded up by various branches of the PA security forces in the past few
Among them are Dr. Hassan Safarini, a lecturer with the Faculty of
Law, and Dr.
Farid Abu Dhair, who teaches political science and
journalism at the university.
PA security forces also arrested Ghassan
Khaled, a law professor released by Israel late last year after being held in
administrative detention, without trial, for nearly two years.
arrests of the academics have drawn strong condemnations from many human rights
organizations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Center for
Human Rights called for the detainees’ immediate release from Palestinian
“The center condemns the continued arbitrary arrests and illegal
detentions of members of Hamas by Palestinian security services in violation of
the law,” it said in a statement.
In an unrelated development,
Palestinian journalists on Saturday condemned the PA for closing down TV and
radio stations in the West Bank and assaulting some of their
The Palestinian Journalists’ Forum said that three
journalists had been beaten up by PA security officers who came to close down a
private TV station in Nablus.
The forum pointed out that PA
Communications Minister Mashhour Abu Dakka had apologized for the
The journalists said they were beaten when they tried to
protest against the decision to shut down the TV station, under the pretext that
it was operating without a license.
The forum also expressed concern over
the continued detention of five Palestinian journalists in PA prisons in the
It named the detained journalists as Ahmed Bittawi, Muhammad
Anwar Muna, Amer Abu Arafeh, Tareq Abu Zeid and university lecturer Farid Abu
A PA security official said that all the academics and journalists
had been arrested on suspicion of membership in Hamas, and not because of their