The Palestinian Authority has been accused of carrying out “politically-motivated” arrest campaigns against members of the Islamic Jihad, in the occupied West Bank.
Ma’an news agency was told by Islamic Jihad that “a number of our brothers have been recently arrested in the Jenin, Ramallah and Bethlehem districts” by PA security forces.
Islamic Jihad claims that these detentions and summoning of its members are part of the PA’s ongoing security coordination with Israel in an attempt “to rein in the intifada.”
In March, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stirred controversy in an interview in which he credited the ongoing security coordination between the PA and Israel for curbing a wave of Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets.
Later, in April, Hamas, the leading party in the besieged Gaza Strip’s had cast similar accusations against the Palestinian Authority.
The PA has been accused by a number of Palestinian groups of aligning with Israel’s goals in the occupied West Bank, and recently of preventing a sustained uprising against Israel.