The Palestinians have halted joint security cooperation with Israel at checkpoints separating their respective territories because of the "mistreatment" of Palestinians passing through them, a Palestinian security official said Saturday.
"We have stopped for one month coordination with the Israelis in matters of security to protest against the mistreatment of Palestinians at the checkpoints" between Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, said the official, who asked not to be identified.
"Arrests are the daily lot of Palestinians at these checkpoints, where the Israeli security services impose restrictions on the movements of Palestinians and engage in the extortion of certain merchants and businessmen," he said.
He cited the example of Abu Ali Mustapha, second in command of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who was "questioned for at least an hour" at the Erez checkpoint before being allowed into the Gaza Strip to attend a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization's central council set to begin Sunday.
Mustapha, 62, who had been living in Damascus returned to the West Bank last year.
"We reject all attacks on Palestinians and, if the Israelis do it again, we will respond," the official said, without any further comment -- GAZA CITY (AFP)
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