Ahmed Halavah Beaten To Death After Detention By The Wrong Police

The issue here is that the specific police doing the beating to death are also Palestinians.

Today there is a huge demonstration going on against the Palestinian Authorities

Palestinian suspect beaten to deathAFP already have this headline:

Palestinian suspect in police killings beaten to death

Which of course doesn’t make it clear which police beat him to death. It turns out that everybody in the story is Palestinian. The police doing the beating, the arrested suspect (now dead) and the dead Palestinian policemen he was accused of killing: all Palestinians. No Israelis involved in this story.

Here’s the full AFP story, count how far down it is before it’s starts to be clear that it was Palestinian police forces that beat the man to death. By my eyes its not clear till we have Hamas criticising Fatah in paragraph 7!

Nablus (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – The alleged ringleader in the killing of two Palestinian policemen has died in custody after being beaten by security forces, a senior local official said on Tuesday.

The officers were killed in the West Bank city of Nablus last week when gunmen opened fire on security forces.

Two of the gunmen died in the subsequent shootout.

Ahmed Halawa, the alleged leader of the attackers, was arrested by police overnight and taken to the city’s Jneid prison, Nablus governor Akram Rajub told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Once there, he was severely beaten by security personnel, lost conciousness and later died, Rajub said.

“We’ll examine the incident and draw lessons from it,” he said.

Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip and is a bitter rival of the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority ruling the West Bank, condemned Halawa’s “execution”.

It said it showed “the bloody nature of the Palestinian Authority’s security services.”

Hamas and Fatah are due to contest municipal elections across the Palestinian territories in October.

Amnesty International has accused Palestinian security forces of routinely mistreating prisoners, with torture common and committed with impunity.

Under the 1993 Oslo accords with Israel, Palestinian police are only authorised to operate in 18 percent of the occupied West Bank, encompassing most of the major Palestinian towns, including Nablus.

The northern West Bank has seen a number of Palestinian police raids in recent months. The area has witnessed factional infighting within the ruling Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Remember this case? Watch: Young Palestinian Protesters Beaten and Kicked by PA Security Forces. Don’t wait for the international press to remind you of it. Just another day of slanted newswire coverage from Israel.


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.

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