PA Arrests 250 Islamists to Prevent West Bank Violence

(Times of Israel) Avi Issacharoff - Over 250 Hamas and Islamic Jihad operatives have been detained in PA-controlled areas of the West Bank since the end of the Gaza war, in an effort to prevent riots from spreading in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said Tuesday. Israeli defense officials confirmed the arrests. PA officials recognize that Hamas is directly responsible for the upsurge in violence in Jerusalem, and has also been seeking to foment violence in the West Bank. While PA President Mahmoud Abbas has publicly castigated Israel for its actions to quell the unrest, he is also personally dictating the tough policies against Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the West Bank.

2014-11-05 00:00:00

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