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PA security officer arrested after criticizing Abbas’ participation in Peres
Oct. 1, 2016 6:15 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2016 6:15 P.M.)

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces arrested a Palestinian
military liaison officer from his home in Jenin on Saturday, a day after he
shared a post on his Facebook criticizing Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas’ participation in the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon

A member of Osama Abu Arab’s family told Ma’an via telephone that large
numbers of Palestinian security officers surrounded Abu Asab’s home Saturday
morning and took him into custody.

The source highlighted that hours before Abu Arab was arrested, he was
notified that he was suspended from his work as a major in the Palestinian
Authority military liaison office.The military liaison is a unit with the
Palestinian security forces responsible for coordinating security with

The caller also said that the family believed Abu Arab was suspended from
his work and arrested as a result of a post he published on his Facebook
page asking Abbas to reconsider his decision to attend Peres’ funeral.

In his post, Abu Arab highlighted the irony of Abbas offering his
condolences for Peres — “the founder of settlement activity” — in spite of
the Palestinian president’s repeated condemnation of the expansion of
illegal Israeli settlements. The post, which addressed Abbas directly, also
listed a number of policies and military assaults against the Palestinian
people that Abu Asab associated with Peres, who held several significant
roles in Israeli politics and the military over the years.

“Whether (Peres) was a terrorist or not, whether he invented of the policy
of breaking bones during the First Intifada or not, whether he was involved
in the Jenin refugee camp massacre, the massacre of the al-Yasmeen
neighborhood in Nablus, or the massacre of Qana — who is he that you are
going to partake in his funeral while the majority of the people you
represent oppose him?”

“You can visit the mother of Yasser Hamduna, who died in Israeli custody,
and ask her what she thinks. If she agrees, go. If she doesn’t, you will
have the final word. But if you decide alone to partake in the funeral of a
killer of our people, that would be a mistake. And if you made up your mind
after consultations, you have been misled.

“There should be no personal or friendly relations with the occupier, as
long as they continue with their arrogant policies against our people.

“Reconsider your decision, sir.”

Abbas’s decision to attend the funeral of Shimon Peres on Friday, came in
spite of widespread outrage from rival Palestinian political factions.

Peres died on Wednesday at 93 years of age after suffering a stroke two
weeks earlier.


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