Security coordination kept confidential to protect interests, says PA official

Palestinian Policemen

Despite newspaper Israel Hayom revealing details of security activity carried out by Israeli and Palestinian security forces to prevent Iranian attempts to infiltrate the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a source within the PA President’s office stressed that security coordination with the Israeli occupation authorities is ongoing but at low levels, and it is confidential.

“This is in order not to affect the security interests of the parties,” explained the source. “The PA leadership is very angry with General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force and responsible for security issues outside the borders of Iran.”

The anonymous source claimed that Soleimani’s support and funding for Palestinian factions is a threat to Palestinian national security. “As such, the Iranian attempts should be prevented at all costs, even if through security cooperation with the Israelis.”

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(Source / 04.01.2018)

Israel ‘confiscates’ money from Palestinians in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem

Israeli Shekels [File photo]

Israeli Shekels [File photo]

Israel’s occupation forces have “confiscated” thousands of Israeli Shekels from Palestinians in several cities across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, reported on Tuesday. The money was taken on the pretext that it was intended for “funding terror activities”.

Local sources pointed out that the Israeli occupation forces have, over the past three months, also taken 14 large items of machinery, four lorries and 20 other vehicles, four cameras, eight PCs and four mobile phones owned by Palestinian citizens. They added that 14 instances have been recorded of Israeli troops taking NIS 213,000 ($61,700) as well as jewellery from Palestinian-owned homes and shops.

Lathes and other machines which are alleged to be used to make weapons have also been “confiscated”, as has Palestinian land. Furthermore, documents have been stolen by the security forces, it is alleged.

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Commenting on Israel’s violations, lawyer Alaa Badarneh told that the Israeli occupation imposes sanctions on the Palestinians as a punishment for their persistence in remaining on their own land. “All these measures are illegal as they violate article 53 of the Fourth Geneva Convention,” he pointed out. This cornerstone of international law lays stress on the protection of people’s property during wars and armed conflicts. He noted that Israel treats such international conventions with contempt, and believes that it can act with impunity.

(Source / 04.01.2018)