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PA security clash with protesters in Ramallah
Published Saturday 30/06/2012 (updated) 02/07/2012 10:06
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Palestinian protesters (R) clash with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas'
plainclothes security personnel (L) as they tried to march on the
headquarters in protest against the meeting between Abbas and Israeli
Vice Premier Shaul Mofaz, even though it had been put off, in Ramallah
on June 30, 2012. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of young Palestinians clashed with PA security forces in Ramallah on Saturday at a protest against the leadership's scheduling of a meeting with Israeli vice premier Shaul Mofaz.

The youth gathered in central Ramallah and tried to march on the headquarters of the leadership, the Muqataa, where they were blocked by riot police and some plain clothes agents.

"They beat them badly," a witness who asked not to be identified told Ma'an, adding that three people were taken to hospital but the extent of their injuries was not immediately clear. They were identified as journalist Muhammad Jaradat, Hassan Faraj and Waed Barghouti.

Activists told a Ma'an correspondent that six people were injured, and six others detained when forces attempted to disperse the crowd.

Other witnesses told Ma'an that security forces used more force than at past demonstrations, pushing and in some cases punching and kicking people who joined the rally.

A spokesman for the Palestinian security forces could not be reached for comment.
Palestinian police form a human chain to block the rally. (MaanImages/Trevor Lewis)

President Mahmoud Abbas was slated to meet Mofaz in Ramallah on Sunday, but officials announced Saturday the summit had been postponed indefinitely.

A senior Fatah official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Ma'an the meeting was postponed for several reasons including public opposition under the current circumstances.

Meanwhile, Israeli daily Haaretz reported that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered advisers to request Abbas cancel the meeting due to his own disagreements with Mofaz over new legislation to include ultra-Orthodox Jews in the Israeli military.

Mofaz, head of Israel's centrist Kadima party, joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition in May and told reporters this month that he intended to meet Abbas "to examine ways to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinians."

Netanyahu's associates denied the claims, insisting Abbas had canceled the meeting himself because of protests, Haaretz noted.

Palestinian youth rally in front of PA security forces.
(Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

Palestinian police try to hold back protesters. (MaanImages/Trevor Lewis)

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1 ) Michael / USA
30/06/2012 21:04
So uhhhhh....is Abbas the one who is a quitter this time? Israel is still THE UNMOVABLE ROCK in the Middle East despite of ongoing Arab/Muslim revolution. They dislike their rulers or dictators. Yes, Charlie, there is the GOD of Israel.

2 ) Robby / USA
30/06/2012 22:39
If if was Israeli police this space would be filled with name calling, I guess not so much when it's PA Police.

3 ) southparkbear / usa
01/07/2012 00:03
#2, if you run bible code algorithm on this piece you will find 10 combinations of the word zionists

4 ) Steve / Palestine
01/07/2012 00:05
The Palestinian spring has begun.

5 ) luna / France
01/07/2012 01:05
more proof the PA is just a puppet for isreal to suppress the Palestinians, its time they leave and give the people space to resist

6 ) Danny / UK
01/07/2012 03:26
My thoughts exactly, Robby. Though it doesn't excuse the extreme behaviour of both sets of 'police'.

7 ) Tibi / Tubas
01/07/2012 04:26
We have been teaching hate of Jews, to our children for so long, despite our leaders promises to halt the incitement at Oslo, that it may take another generation, or possibly two, or even three, before the people can accept Jewish leaders coming to Ramallah !!

8 ) Ivor / USA
01/07/2012 08:54
These people in Ramallah, are spending too much time clubbing and are drinking too much alchohol.

9 ) shirley / australia
01/07/2012 11:24
it is Israel the problem Ababs should never ahve agreed to any meeting especially after Isreals rammping up settlements and and starting new committee on seetlement expansion that even excludes and not answerable to Isreal s supreme court this is arouge stae that will do anythging to avoid recognizing 67 borders and a viable pal state and talks carried out for yrs have proved fruitless Isreal is even ignoring UNESCO vote They need more pressure not winning by entering into talks sorry about spe

10 ) BDS / Canada
01/07/2012 12:16
Everyone knows that talking to the zionists only leads to more fanatical and violent squatters from Russia and the US.

11 ) Joseph / Palestine
01/07/2012 12:21
#8 well at least people are having fun, and no one is killed.

12 ) Diana / Bulgaria
01/07/2012 12:34
Those PA security forces funded and trained by Dayton and the US works as a subcontractor to the Israeli occupation. The PA needs to be dismantled, they no longer represent the people and the people are sick of negotations with the Zionist entity (Israel). Down with the PA and Israel.

13 ) southparkbear / usa
02/07/2012 04:16
its all the journalists fault. if they did not report there would be no problems
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