The violent arrest of three Palestinian teenagers by Palestinian police in the city of Jenin in the West Bank led to an unprecedented attack by a local militia against the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the city.
Why this matters: The incident was another sign of the PA’s deteriorating control in the occupied West Bank.
Running news: Last Friday, Palestinian police arrested teenagers for alleged traffic violations.
- In an incident that was caught on video and went viral on social media, police thrashed teenagers after they were seen protesting the arrest.
- One of the teenagers was the son of Zakaria Zubaidi, a former local commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party.
- Zubaidi was arrested on terror charges in 2019 and was one of six Palestinian prisoners who fled an Israeli prison in September last year before being released.
after the arrest of the juvenile Armed members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade attack Palestinian security forces in Jenin with live fire and explosive devices.
- At the same time, hundreds of Fatah members, some of whom were armed, rallied at the refugee camp in Jenin for the release of three teenagers.
- He was released the next day, and the PA announced that he would prosecute the policemen who were involved in the arrest.
big picture: Janine’s events were the worst in the series. violent incidents in the West Bank over the past several months.
- In an apparent attempt to regain control, Abbas recently appointed the former head of the Palestinian domestic intelligence agency, Ziyad Hab al-Reh, as interior minister – a position that had been vacant for several years.
- Fatah officials have said publicly in recent days that the Jenin incidents reflect the need to tackle growing economic problems, particularly widespread youth unemployment, in the occupied West Bank.