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Tuesday, September 27, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Pushing for statehood, Palestinian Authority
turns against Hamas which opposes measure

RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority is said to have resumed its offensive against Hamas.


Palestinian sources said PA security forces were ordered to renew operations against the Hamas movement throughout the West Bank. They said hundreds of Hamas operatives were detained in late September.

The sources said the PA has sought to quell Hamas opposition to the drive for Palestinian statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Hamas has dismissed the PA application for membership in the United Nations.

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At the same time, the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip has sought to stop support for the PA campaign. On Sept. 23, two officers of the General Intelligence Services arrested the owner of a restaurant that sought to play a video of the address by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to the UN General Assembly.

"The security forces in the West Bank should instead be protecting the people from settler attacks and not persecuting them, raiding their homes, and summoning them for interrogation," a statement by Hamas members of the Palestinian Legislative Council said.

On Sept. 25, the Hamas deputies said hundreds of Islamic operatives were arrested or summoned for interrogation over a 48-hour period. They said the PA campaign was being led by the Preventive Security Apparatus.

The detainees were said to have included the two sons of a Hamas member of the PLC, Omar Abdul Raziq. Abdul Raziq, a resident of the northern town of Salfit, has been a prisoner in Israel.

Hamas said many of the detainees were activists at Palestinian universities, including An Najah in Nablus. Many of those arrested had also been in Israel prisons.

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