- Published on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:14
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the wide-scale campaign of arrests waged by Palestinian security services in the West Bank, which targeted dozens of members of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the past 24 hours. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian government in Ramallah to fully comply with the law and stop political arrests.
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, the Preventive Security Service (PSS) and the General Intelligence Service (GIS) have arrested 71 members of Hamas. According to PCHR's field workers in the West Bank, these detainees were first summoned by phone to the headquarters of the 2 services, where they were then arrested, and/or were arrested from their houses or workplaces. The detainees include a number of leaders of Hamas, reconciliation figures, ex-prisoners, journalists, youth activists and university students. The most prominent persons arrested by the security services include: Fu'ad Nazem al-Khuffash (43), Director of Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights; Waleed Khaled Ali (45), Director of the Office of Palestine Daily in Salfit; and Sheikh Riad Rasheed al-Walweel (53), a prominent reconciliation figure in the West Bank.
Palestinian security services arrested 19 persons in Salfit, 18 in Tulkarm, 15 in Qalqilya, 11 in Nablus, 6 in Hebron, 1 in Jenin and 1 in Ramallah.