Arrests of Palestinian students over politics worrying: HRW

"It is deeply worrying that students are being held by Palestinian forces for no apparent reason other than their connection to Hamas or their opinions," said Sarah Leah Whitson (pictured), HRW's Middle East and North Africa directorHuman Rights Watch on Thursday accused the Palestinian security forces of arresting or questioning West Bank students over their political opinions, saying several had been mistreated. "It is deeply worrying that students are being held by Palestinian forces for no apparent reason other than their connection to Hamas or their opinions," said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW's Middle East and North Africa director. "Palestinians should be able to express critical political opinions without being arrested or beaten," she said a statement.


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