PA security forces arrest 4 Hizb ut-Tahrir members at Jenin rally
JENIN (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces arrested four members of the Hizb al-Tahrir party on Saturday during a rally in Jenin.
The Islamist group held a rally in the northern West Bank city to protest the Arab League’s recent public backing for land swaps with Israel as part of a peace agreement.
Protesters held signs that read “Palestine is holy land, not a commodity,” and “The issue of Palestine can only be resolved through liberation.”
PA security forces dispersed the rally and arrested four Hizb al-Tahrir affiliates.
Speaking last week, Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim agreed that any peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians should be based on a two-state solution with the borders defined by the lines which existed before June 4, 1967.
But he also expressed support for a proposal by US President Barack Obama for a “comparable and mutual agreed minor swap of the land” between Israelis and Palestinians to reflect the realities of the burgeoning communities on the ground.
PLO official Saeb Erekat responded by saying that the initiative “was not something new,” and reflected the “official Palestinian position.”