Former Fatah security chief Mohammed Dahlan
Former Fatah security chief Mohammed Dahlan
Photo: AP
Former Fatah security chief Mohammed Dahlan

PA arrests supporters of Abbas rival close to UAE

Political movement associated with Mohammed Dahlan, ex-Fatah strongman in Gaza, said in statement that dozens of its members have been detained or summoned for questioning by PA security forces in West Bank

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Published: 09.22.20 , 10:13
Palestinian Authority security forces have detained dozens of supporters of Mohammed Dahlan, an ally-turned-rival of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who is based in the United Arab Emirates, his political group said Monday.
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  • Dahlan, the former PA security chief in Gaza who was banished from the West Bank in 2010 after a falling-out with Abbas, has denied any role in the UAE's agreement to normalize ties with Israel, which most Palestinians view as a betrayal of their cause.
    Former Fatah security chief Mohammed Dahlan
Former Fatah security chief Mohammed Dahlan
    Former Fatah security chief Mohammed Dahlan
    (Photo: AP)
    Dahlan's political movement said in a statement that dozens of its members have been detained or summoned for questioning by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank in recent days, calling it a ''stark violation of the law.''
    Palestinian security officials declined to comment.
    Dahlan, has long been seen as a potential successor to the 84-year-old Abbas. In exile, Dahlan has cultivated close ties with Egypt and the UAE, where he is based.
    מוחמד דחלאן ואבו מאזןמוחמד דחלאן ואבו מאזן
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Anbbas and former ally Mohammed Dahlan
    (Photo: EPA)
    His forces battled the Hamas terror group in the months before it seized power in Gaza in 2007, but in recent years he has worked with them to provide aid to the territory, which has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since the takeover.
    He has denied having any political aspirations, but the aid has helped him to develop a small base of support in Gaza. The UAE deal has stoked speculation he may stage a return to Palestinian politics.
    Palestinian protestors step on portraits of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan, during a national conference against the Emirati-Israeli agreementPalestinian protestors step on portraits of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan, during a national conference against the Emirati-Israeli agreement
    Palestinian protestors step on portraits of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Mohammed Dahlan during a Nablus protest against the UAE-Israel deal
    (Photo: AFP)
    The decision of the UAE and the small Gulf nation of Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel has upended the longstanding Arab consensus that recognition should only be granted in return for concessions in the peace process, leaving the Palestinians increasingly isolated.
    Abbas has seen his popularity drop in recent years as he has failed to end the Israeli occupation, the blockade of Gaza or the internal political split with Hamas.
    His Palestinian Authority is widely seen as corrupt and dysfunctional. The Palestinians have not held elections since the split with Hamas, and Abbas has not named a successor.

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