Friday, August 15, 2008

'Large Picture Lost'

By Khalid Amayreh ∙ Al-Ahram Weekly ∙ August 15, 2008

With Fatah clamping down hard on Hamas in the West Bank, Palestinian unity is the clearest victim, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah

Despite largely facetious denials, the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA) has been carrying out a vindictive campaign against Hamas sympathisers and supporters. According to various sources, hundreds of school teachers, college students, journalists, and other professionals as well as ordinary citizens have been arrested and imprisoned on largely amorphous charges such as "constituting a threat to state security" -- when the PA is neither a state nor a sovereign entity -- and "violating the rule of law".

In cities and villages throughout the West Bank, PA security agencies raided Islamic-oriented cultural and academic centres, non-governmental organisations, sports clubs as well as schools and charitable associations, closing them down and arresting members.

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