PALESTINE – Palestinian Authority, Hamas Using Torture to Silence Critics, Human Rights Watch Says

The Christian Post | Oct. 24, 2018

A leading human rights watchdog has called out the Palestinian authorities for establishing police states in which peaceful protestors are regularly arrested and brutally tortured.

In a new 149-page report published Tuesday titled “Two Authorities, One Way, Zero Dissent,” the New York-based Human Rights Watch states that Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Islamic militant group Hamas in Gaza have established “machineries of repression to crush dissent.”

“Both the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza have in recent years carried out scores of arbitrary arrests for peaceful criticism of the authorities, particularly on social media, among independent journalists, on university campuses, and at demonstrations,” the report explains.