Friday, 19 November 2010

Israeli paper: Security coordination with Fatah working as planned - Occupation pardons 45 Fatah activists who gave up their weapons


[ 17/11/2010 - 11:04 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- The Israeli newspaper Maariv said Wednesday that coordination between the Israeli army and the Fatah security militia in the West Bank is moving accordingly, noting that the West Bank had not been so calm in years.

The paper said Wednesday, quoting a military source, that arrangements between the two forces called for PA militia troops to stand guard from midnight until the next morning, affording Israeli soldiers discretion to arrest activists while retaining the element of surprise. A number of such arrests are carried out weekly.

Israel handed control of Nablus over to PA security a few days back for fear of elements from Palestinian resistance factions learning beforehand possible arrivals of Israeli forces in the city that would enable them to prepare for their landing.

That means the Israeli army would require prior coordination from now on with the PA troops before military activities in the West Bank city of Nablus.

In a separate development, the families of political detainees in PA security prisons were outraged after officials refused to answer their call to release their relatives for the holiday celebrations.

Rights groups in the West Bank have reported that hundreds of political detainees in PA jails are being systematically tortured.

A Palestinian student Adham Al Shawli was arrested in Nablus at the hands of the PA militia while returning from the Al-Najah University the night before Eid al-Adha after he was severely beaten unconscious, sources close to the victim’s family said.

He was later taken to he hospital due to his deteriorating medical condition.

After a heated exchange of words between security forces and Shawli’s family a night before his arrest when his Nablus home was raided, the troops insisted that they would not take the holiday celebrations into consideration for Shawli’s arrest.

Shawli previously served four and a half years as a political prisoner in Israeli jails.


Occupation pardons 45 Fatah activists who gave up their weapons

16/11/2010 - 06:48 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)-- Yediot Ahranot said on Tuesday that the occupation authority has pardoned 45 Fatah wanted activists within the framework of an agreement reached with the Ramallah authority.

The paper said that although direct talks stopped, occupation issued the pardon before Eid Al-Adha Muslim festival which started on Tuesday.

The paper said that the occupation and the Ramallah authority reached this agreement three years ago. According to the agreement, the Fatah activists would have to surrender their weapons and be committed not to participate in any armed activity against the occupation.

Some of the pardoned activists were given a full pardon, according to which they enjoy freedom of movement all around the West Bank, while others are restricted to their home towns and areas under PA full control.

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