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PA cracks down on West Bank activists

After the cease-fire in Gaza, Palestinian security services are accused of stepping up political arrests in the West Bank.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Akram Salameh from the Beitunia district of Ramallah, in the central West Bank, received a phone call May 22 from the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service. He was told to appear at its headquarters in Ramallah the next day or his house would be raided and he would be arrested. 

Salameh showed up as asked and was sent to the Joint Security Committee prison in Jericho, where he was detained for 17 days before being released on June 7. 

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