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Israel and the Palestinian Authority Know How to Scratch Each Other's Back

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07.07.2021

Ever since activist Nizar Banat was beaten to death in Palestinian Authority custody, attorney Farid al-Atrash has voiced scathing criticism of the PA and its security agencies. He does so in media interviews, in dozens of Facebook posts, while participating in demonstrations. The sentence “What was before [the murder of] Nizar Banat is not what will be after” ends almost every post he has written since June 24, a few hours after the death of the staunch PA critic, who was his close friend. The most recent protest against the PA that Al-Atrash took part in was on Saturday in Ramallah. A few hours later, he was arrested as he was on his way home to Bethlehem.

And no – he was not arrested by members of the Palestinian security agencies, but by Border Police troops stationed at the so-called Container checkpoint south of Abu Dis, on the winding road that is the only route along which Israel permits Palestinians to drive from the northern to the southern West Bank. Apparently, when Al-Atrash’s ID was checked, the “wanted” signal flashed on the........

© Haaretz


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