Political prisoner criticizes PA’s aggression against his family

Middle East Monitor  /  May 29, 2023

Palestinian political prisoner inside Palestinian Authority (PA) prison, Musab Shtayyeh, strongly condemned the PA’s raid on his house and assault on his family members, Al Resalah newspaper reported.

In a letter sent from his prison, Shtayyeh said: “My message to the honourable people of the PA: stop oppressing your brothers and stop attacking their safe homes.”

He added: “Incidents are repeated and tools are being reused by the same people. Those who have fired at, tortured and oppressed our brothers are repeating what they did in the past.”

“This time,” he said, “they broke into my home, attacked my father and ransacked the whole house just two days after the Israeli occupation forces had stormed his house and damaged its contents.”

The political prisoner described storming his house and attacking his family as a “sad incident carried out by those who claim they are detaining us to protect us from the occupation, but they are harming us.”

On Sunday at dawn, the PA security services stormed Shtayyeh’s house while his family was preparing for the reception of Musab’s brother, Suhaib, who was to be released from the Israeli jails.

“It was a barbaric raid,” Musab’s father said. “The Israelis did not dare to do what the PA did. They wanted to detain my brother, who is in his 60s.”

The PA security agencies detained Musab on 19 September 2022 after attacking him in the city of Nablus, erupting a wave of protests across the occupied West Bank.

He had three release orders by different PA courts, but he still remains in prison by the orders of the governor of Nablus.


Israel, PA detain, torture five sons of Palestinian lawmaker

Middle East Monitor  /  May 29, 2023

Four sons of Palestinian lawmaker Fathi al-Qaraawi’s have been in Israeli jails for months or years and the fifth of them was detained by the Palestinian Authority early this month and interned at Jericho’s “slaughterhouse.”

“They stripped me off my sons in order to break us like what they have been doing for all the Palestinian families working for the sake of this country,” the MP told Safa news agency.

Qaraawi has eight sons. Five of them are currently either in Israel or the PA jails. “We were sitting together here,” he said while pointing to the sitting room. “Now, it is almost empty.”

He counted his sons in prison: Hamza, 37, has been under administrative detention in Israeli jails since last year. He spent a total of 12 years inside Israeli and PA prisons.

Baraa, 32, spent two years in Israeli jails, and he has been in the PA jails for a month now. Mohammad, 31, has been in Israeli jails since early this year.

Hazem, 36, was detained last month and has been ever since under investigation. Hazem has so far spent 45 months in Israeli and a year in PA jails.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman has been detained by the Israeli occupation and spent several months in prison, he is now free.

The MP said that his son Mo’men was detained early this month by the PA and interned at Jericho “slaughterhouse,” 150 km away from his home.

Qaraawi, 65, was detained by the Israeli occupation several times and spent years in Israeli jails. He was expelled to Marj al-Zohour in south Lebanon in 1992 along with more than 400 Hamas and Islamic Jihad members and leaders.

He was elected an MP in 2006. While an MP, he was detained and tortured by the Israeli occupation.