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H.  20 Shawwal 1431 No: 69/010
M.  Thursday, 30 September 2010

 Press Release The PA's Message: Live by the Law of the Jungle

     For the past month, the Palestinian Authority's Security Enforcement Agency has been refusing to  implement the Palestinian High Court verdict; case number: 2010/583, release date: 2010/8/30. The verdict calls for the immediate release of detainee: Mohammad Khateeb, a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir. According to the High Court's verdict, "the military prosecutor's decision to arrest the accused, Mohammad Khateeb, is arbitrary to the authority."

Active Human Rights Organizations and certain influential politicians have been contacted since the date of the High Court verdict. A copy of the High Court verdict was distributed to all those contacted, including the Minister of Justice, and to the Minister of Interior.  Khateeb's defense attorney also delivered a copy to Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad's office.  In a press assembly, P.M. Fayyad was asked about Khateeb's dilemma and he promised to resolve the issue. 

All this came to nothing when the law of the jungle prevailed, against which neither law nor High Court could intervene on the political prisoner's behalf. The wall of contemptuous intransigence set up by the PA ensured its deafness to any politician's criticism;  all government bodies were indifferent to the fact that the Security Enforcement Agency disregarded and even defied the Higher Court verdict and the efforts of the Human Rights Organizations were like ashes blown into the wind.  The Security Enforcement Agency, which holds Khateeb captive, stated that they do not recognize the High Court and that its decisions do not interest them. In addition, the Security Enforcement Agency stated, "no one could twist the arm of the intelligence."   Thus the intelligence considers the High Court verdict an instance of twisting its arm. This statement demonstrates the utter defiance in the face of the highest law agency, proving that the law is used as a tool against the Palestinian people and  If perchance the law happens to fall in favor of its citizens, then the PA is swift to trample on it.

This confirms that personal whim and interest is what prevails in the land, not the law, And this is true especially  when battling against Islam and its sincere dawah carriers. Rendered by the PA as null and void are all the laws of man and God, in capricious adherence to the corrupt doctrine that the end justifies the means.

There are many examples like this, such as the targeting of Hizb ut-Tahrir members in the Bidya/ Salfeet district by the Security Enforcement Agency that is motivated solely by malice and personal vendettas .  The unusually large numbers of arrests and extensive lengths of detainment against the Bidya members of HT have surpassed all other cases in Palestine.  A case in point is the persecution of Shaher Assaf, a school teacher, who is widely known and respected in his community and school system:  Assaf has been unjustly detained nine times in the past two years, and has endured months at a time in jail.

 The exploitation of power that is rife throughout the various ranks of the Security Enforcement Agency is not limited to the pursuance of the members of Hizb ut-Tahrir; any member of the general public may be eligible to suffer a vendetta of personal vengeance and hatred.  Most recently, the media reported the farcical arrest of the Abu Saada brothers who were so heinously tortured that they almost died at Junaid Prison in Nablus.  They were  arrested because one  of them  had a purely personal dispute with a National Security officer.

What then about the High Court verdict, issued a month ago, that calls for the immediate release of Mohammad Khateeb?  The newspapers, internet sites, and Human Rights Organizations' files were filled with reports of his detainment, and yet the Security Enforcement's Spokesperson refused to answer any questions;  two separate rounds of visits were made by HT delegations to all of the District Governors,and yet the Prime Minister and all other officials  persist in turning a deaf ear to the issue that is now 30 days and counting.

Isn't it a logical conclusion from all this that the PA at all political and security levels are accomplices to a violation of law and that they have no respect for the rule of law?   Does it also indicate that this collusive act is  because Mohammed Khatib is a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which America is fighting by using all her tools? Isn't it evidence of a conspiracy against Islam and those who call for it regardless of the party that they are affiliated with?

Perhaps this points to the fact that the release of Mohammad Khateeb does not lay in the hands of the Palestinian government agencies or  officials , but rather in the hands of a U.S. official who cares as much for PM Fayyad's opinion as for that of any low-ranking Employee.

Whatever the reason, the message the Palestinian Authority and its various agencies send to the general public rings loud and clear:  the system does not bring you justice; take the law into your hands for yourselves.  

{وَلَوْ يَرَى الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا إِذْ يَرَوْنَ الْعَذَابَ أَنَّ الْقُوَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعَذَابِ}

{If those who do evil had but known, (on the day) when they behold the doom, that power belongeth wholly to Allah, and that Allah is severe in punishment!} [Al-Baqara: 165]

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