Palestinian marchers seek Abbas resignation over Israel ties

Palestinians demonstrated in the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday against the security coordination between Palestinian forces and Israel.


Palestinians demonstrated in the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday against the security coordination between Palestinian forces and Israel.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Several hundred Palestinians marched in an antigovernment protest Monday, calling for the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas and criticizing his security coordination with Israel.

Separately, Palestinian journalists staged a sit-in nearby to protest the violent dispersal of an antigovernment protest by Palestinian riot police a day earlier.


In Sunday’s incident, helmeted troops beat demonstrators and journalists with clubs. Jihad Barakat of Palestine Today TV said he was pushed and that his camera was broken. He said he saw three colleagues being beaten with clubs.

Critics have said Abbas and his government are becoming increasingly intolerant of dissent.

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Dozens of people have been detained after peaceful protests in the past six months, though most were released, said Amar Dweik, head of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah promised Monday that he would launch an investigation into Sunday’s incident. He said he formed a committee that includes Dweik, the deputy interior minister, and members of the lawyers’ union.

Meanwhile, several hundred protesters marched through the center of the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, calling on Abbas to resign. Abbas heads the Palestinian Authority, a self-rule government that administers parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.


Marchers also chanted that ‘‘security coordination is treason.’’ The policy, in which Abbas’s forces and Israeli troops cooperate against Islamic militants, is unpopular among Palestinians.

Nearby, dozens of journalists protested against Sunday’s violence by the security forces.

Nasser Abu Bakr, head of the journalists’ union, said his organization demands that the riot troops who beat journalists on Sunday be put on trial.

In a separate development Monday, Israeli police said troops shot and killed a Palestinian assailant who stabbed two police officers in the Old City in Jerusalem.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the assailant attacked the two officers early Monday. She said they engaged in a struggle and one managed to fend the attacker off and shoot him.

The attacker was identified as a 26-year-old Arab resident of East Jerusalem. The two policemen were moderately wounded.

Palestinians have killed 41 Israelis and two visiting Americans in a wave of attacks, mainly stabbings, since September 2015. Israeli forces have killed 238 Palestinians during the same period, most identified by Israel as attackers.

Israel says the violence is fueled by a Palestinian campaign of incitement. The Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule.

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