Shin Bet ordered PA security to target Islamic Jihad men in recent arrest sweep

[ 27/07/2011 – 03:51 PM ]

JENIN, (PIC)– The Palestinian Authority’s recent string of arrests targeting the Islamic Jihad party’s men across the West Bank came after direct orders from Israel’s internal intelligence agency Shin Bet, an informed Palestinian security source told the PIC.

The source added that the orders were aimed at thwarting what Shin Bet called an attempt to rebuild resistance cells in the West Bank.

Shin Bet informed the PA security agencies over recent weeks that Islamic Jihad had taken steps to restore itself in the West Bank provinces of Jenin and Al-Khalil, the source also said. Shin Bet also claimed that some of the cells had contacts with Hezbollah.

The source went on to say that Shin Bet handed PA security a list of activists’ names and that a joint arrest sweep took place against elements from the Islamic Jihad party in those provinces.

Shin Bet cautioned the PA of the Islamic Jihad’s activities in Jenin refugee camp and Qabatiya ahead of an arrest sweep based on mutual information elicited from detainees in both parties’ custody.

Israeli media outlets have recently reported Israeli military leaders as saying they were relieved by normality in its security coordination with the West Bank security agencies given the political deadlock with the PA. They said PA security officials had stopped talking with their Israeli counterparts on politics and focused rather on security matters alone.

Shin Bet ordered PA security to target Islamic Jihad men in recent arrest sweep.

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