Violent arrest in West Bank triggers attack on PA headquarters in Jenin

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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.

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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.
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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.
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