PA arrests dozens of Fatah members, officers (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 05/07/12)
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Palestinian Authority security forces arrested dozens of Palestinians
in Jenin and surrounding villages in the past 48 hours, sources in
the city said on Sunday.
Many of those arrested are Fatah members and officers working for PA
They said the clampdown, the biggest launched by the PA in the West
Bank, came after unidentified men shot at the home of Jenin Gov.
Kadoura Musa last Wednesday.
Musa was not hurt in the attack. However, he died shortly afterwards
of a heart attack, prompting PA President Mahmoud Abbas to order a
massive security operation against “outlaws” and “criminals” in the
The attack on Musa’s home came one month after Palestinian security
forces shot and killed a local man who had been wanted for criminal
It was not clear Sunday whether the attack on Musa’s home was related
to the killing of the fugitive.
Jenin residents have long complained about lawlessness in the city
and surrounding villages.
Many residents blame Fatah gangs for the chaos.
They also hold senior Palestinian security commanders responsible for
maintaining close ties with the gangs.
In April 2011, unidentified men shot and killed Israeli Arab actor
and producer Julian Mar-Khamis in the Jenin refugee camp.
The PA security forces have failed to capture the assailants,
sparking rumors about the possible involvement of Fatah gangsters and
Radi Asideh, commander of the PA security forces in the Jenin area,
said that his men were conducting a “huge manhunt after outlaws and
He said that scores of suspects have been arrested since the start of
the security operation over the weekend.
“The criminals will be brought to justice,” Asideh said without
revealing the number of people arrested.
Palestinian security forces were searching for the men who shot at
the governor’s house and other people involved in various crimes,
including extortion and murder, he added.
Eyewitnesses said at least 2,000 PA policemen and officers were
taking part in the operation.
They said the forces were conducting house-to-house searches and
combing fields and mountains.
“They are even searching in the caves for wanted men,” said Ahmed Abu
al-Rub, a merchant from Jenin. “This is the biggest operation ever.”
Among those arrested is Zakariya Zubeidi, the commander of Fatah’s
armed militia, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, in the Jenin refugee camp.
Zubeidi, who was once wanted by Israel for his role in terrorist
attacks, was pardoned a few years ago and later became a member of
the PA security forces.
The PA also arrested Muhammad al-Zalafi, the former security
commander of Jenin.
Two officers working for the PA’s General Intelligence Service, Raed
Dabaya and Ahmed Turkeman, were also rounded up.
All the suspects have been transferred to the PA’s central prison in
The arrests triggered angry reactions from many families.
Mothers of some of the detainees staged a demonstration in Jenin to
protest against the clampdown, calling for their sons to be released.
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