Farid al-Atrash, a human rights defender
Palestinian human rights lawyer, Farid al-Atrash
Photo: AFP
 Palestinian human rights lawyer, Farid al-Atrash

Israel arrests Palestinian rights lawyer who protested Abbas

Independent Commission for Human Rights says Farid al-Atrash was detained at an Israeli checkpoint, transferred to Hadassah Hospital for undisclosed reasons, and then released and questioned by Israeli security forces

Reuters |
Published: 07.04.21, 17:55
A Palestinian human rights lawyer was detained by Israeli forces early Sunday after taking part in a protest in the West Bank against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his rights group said.
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  • The Independent Commission for Human Rights said Farid al-Atrash was detained at an Israeli checkpoint while returning from a protest against the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, where the PA is headquartered. It said al-Atrash was transferred to Israel's Hadassah Hospital.
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    Farid al-Atrash, a human rights defender
    Farid al-Atrash, a human rights defender
    Palestinian human rights lawyer, Farid al-Atrash
    (Photo: AFP)
    Issa Amro, a prominent Palestinian activist and friend of al-Atrash, said he was released from the hospital hours later and was still being questioned by Israeli authorities. It's unclear why he was hospitalized.
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    Demonstrators holding placards protest over the death of Nizar Banat, a critic of the Palestinian Authority, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 27, 2021. Placards read, "This country deserves you to sacrifice, raise your voice and don't be afraid"
    Demonstrators holding placards protest over the death of Nizar Banat, a critic of the Palestinian Authority, in Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, June 27, 2021. Placards read, "This country deserves you to sacrifice, raise your voice and don't be afraid"
    Demonstrators holding placards protest over the death of Nizar Banat, a critic of the Palestinian Authority, Hebron
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Neither the Israeli military nor the police responded to requests for comment.
    Both Amro and al-Atrash have been arrested by Israel in the past for organizing and taking part in protests against its military occupation of the West Bank.
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    Nizar Banat
    Nizar Banat
    Nizar Banat
    (Photo: AP)
    But Amro said al-Atrash had recently focused his efforts on protesting the PA over Nizar Banat, an activist who died shortly after being violently arrested by Palestinian security forces last month.
    He said another rights lawyer, Mohannad Karajah, who is defending protesters arrested by the PA, was briefly detained by Palestinian authorities on Sunday.
    Amro himself was detained by the PA last month and held overnight, days before Banat died in custody.
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    אבו מאזן
    אבו מאזן
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
    (Photo: AFP)
    The Palestinian Authority does not comment publicly on arrests.
    Israel and the Palestinian Authority coordinate security in the West Bank in order to suppress Hamas and other militant groups that both view as a threat.
    That policy is deeply unpopular among Palestinians and is one of several long-standing grievancesfueling the recent protests.
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    alestinian riot police and security officers in plainclothes clash with demonstrators following a rally protesting the death of Palestinian Authority outspoken critic Nizar Banat
    alestinian riot police and security officers in plainclothes clash with demonstrators following a rally protesting the death of Palestinian Authority outspoken critic Nizar Banat
    Palestinian riot police and security officers in plainclothes clash with demonstrators following a rally protesting the death of Palestinian Authority outspoken critic Nizar Banat
    (Photo: AP)
    Thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations in recent weeks against the PA, which governs parts of the West Bank.
    The PA has grown increasingly unpopular and autocratic in recent years, even as Western countries continue to see it as a key partner in the moribund peace process.

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