Posted by: becketfund | September 27, 2007

Palestine: Morality Squads Patrol the West Bank during Ramadan

The Associated Press reports that a 12-person “morality squad”, believed to be linked to Mahmoud Abbas’ government, currently patrols the streets in the West Bank, detaining anyone found eating or drinking in public during the holy month of Ramadan. Violators, who are usually detained for 24 hours, have their identity papers confiscated for a short amount of time while the morality squad conducts a brief investigation. Since the month of Ramadan started on September 13, at least 50 people have been detained.

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