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Progressive Democrats tear into Palestinians over crackdown on critics

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25.08.2021

WASHINGTON — Members of the “Squad” of progressive Democrats in the United States, more commonly known for their criticism of Israel, have shifted their censure to the Palestinian Authority amid Ramallah’s latest crackdown on rights activists and critics.

Over the weekend, the PA arrested roughly 30 demonstrators who had gathered to hold protests memorializing well-known PA critic Nizar Banat, who died in the custody of Ramallah’s security forces.

In the days since the arrests, a handful of progressive Democratic lawmakers in both the House and the Senate sounded their displeasure, lamenting what they said was the squeezing of Palestinians in the West Bank by Israel’s military rule on one end and the PA’s increasingly authoritarian practices on the other.

“Locking up peaceful protesters is a textbook human rights abuse and the hallmark of authoritarian regimes,” tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar on Monday, calling on the PA to immediately release those it had arrested.

Palestinian-American Rep. Rashida Tlaib directed her disapproval at the PA’s leader. “Dear President Mahmoud Abbas,” she tweeted. “This is NOT how you protect and........

© The Times of Israel


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