Palestinian MP criticizes PA for discriminating between Fatah and Hamas prisoners

Palestinian MP Hassan Khreisheh (Mohammed Salem - APA Images)

Middle East Monitor  /  November 23, 2021

Deputy Speaker of Palestinian Parliament, Hassan Khreisheh, yesterday criticized the Palestinian Authority (PA) for discriminating between Fatah and Hamas prisoners, Al-Resalah newspaper reported.

Khreisheh condemned the PA security services’ “aggression” on the reception parades for freed Hamas prisoners and the confiscation of the movement’s flags and those of other Palestinian parties.

“We see intensive gunfire during the reception parades organized for freed Fatah prisoners, while the PA services suppress the parades and confiscate flags when the freed prisoners are from Hamas, Islamic Jihad or other factions,” the official said.

He accused the PA security services of doing this in order to “spoil” the happiness of the families of freed Hamas prisoners.

“This is rejects,” he said. “The PA must ban weapons used in celebrations and family clashes, but to discriminate between a freed prisoner and another in relation to reception ceremonies, parades, appreciation and salaries is unacceptable.”

Khreisheh said. The PA’s aggression is “not new,” he added, pointing out that it has been ongoing since the movement’s inception.

Last week, PA security services attacked the parade organized for freed prisoner Hani Barabra, from Balaa neighbourhood, east of Tulkarm, arresting several youths and confiscating Hamas flags.