MP Halayka: The PA flouts the reconciliation agreements

[ PIC 15/06/2013 – 04:23 PM ]

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AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Palestinian lawmaker Samira Al-Halayka said that the Palestinian Authority (PA) ignores the reconciliation agreements and the recommendations of the national freedoms committee through the persistent arrests and summonses its security forces carry out every day against its political rivals.

Halayka stated on Saturday that what happens on the ground is quite contrary to what has been agreed upon during the latest meetings between Hamas and Fatah factions.

She said that the PA violated its reconciliation agreements when it formed a new unconstitutional government and held local and municipal elections.

The lawmaker underlined that such practices by the PA would deepen the division in the Palestinian arena, affirming that the national reconciliation would never be achieved by forming governments or holding elections, but by closing the file of political arrests once and for all.

“Those who sit with Hamas Movement and talk through the media about their desire to achieve the Palestinian reconciliation and end the division are the same people who seek on a daily basis to eradicate it and break its will through launching campaigns of political arrests and summonses against it,” the lawmaker highlighted.

In a related incident, the PA security forces arrested five Hamas activists and summoned five others for interrogation during raids in Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem and Qalqiliya.

The PA military court, in turn, postponed the trial of two prisoners affiliated with Hamas.

For his part, prisoner Yousuf Al-Barghouthi, from Hamas, is determined to continue the hunger strike he started 10 days ago in protest at his detention without any guilt.

The PA security apparatuses have arrested 55 Palestinian citizens and summoned 63 others in different West Bank cities since the start of the current month, according to a statistical report released on Saturday by the family committee of political prisoners in the West Bank.

The committee stated the PA security apparatuses focus during their daily campaigns on the arrest of ex-detainees in Israeli jails, university students and relatives of martyrs and prisoners, adding that most of these detainees are affiliated with Hamas.

It noted that the rate of political arrests and summonses in the West Bank have risen since the last reconciliation meeting that was held in May in Cairo.

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