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Palestinian Authority Detains West Bank Journalists Connected to Hamas

Grant Rumley
9th August 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

The Palestinian Authority arrested five journalists on Tuesday evening and charged them with leaking sensitive information to enemies.

According to Shireen al-Khatib, an associate at the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom, the detained journalists include Tariq Abu Zayd and Ahmad Halaika of Hamas-run al-Aqsa television, The Jerusalem Post reported. The three others were identified as Qutaiba Kasem, who writes for the privately-owned news website Asdaa Press, as well as Mamdouh Hamamreh of the pro-Hamas television station al-Quds and Amer Abu Arafa of the Shihab news agency.

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Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned that if the West fails to challenge Abbas’ ever-growing corruption and autocratic rule, it “could have a devastating effect on the long-term prospects for a viable Palestinian state.”

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fatah, hamas, palestinian-politics, palestinians