68-year-old Professor of political science Shumskogo University Abd al-Sattar Kassam was arrested by the Palestinian police. According to the press-Secretary of police Yusuf al-Mahmud, the reason for the arrest was a complaint by an unnamed Palestinians.
A week earlier the Professor Kassam made a statement on the Hamas-owned TV channel «al-Quds». In this interview he criticized the leadership of the Palestinian national authority and the PLO, accusing them of breaking laws.
However, al-Mahmoud insists that the arrest is not related to political views of the analyst. At the same time he refused to report complaints of what nature were the grounds to take the Professor into custody.
His associates were quick to defend Hamas. Its representatives in the Legislative Assembly accused the Palestinian authority in an attempt to stifle the voice of freedom. Hamas demanded the release of the Qassam brigades and to apologize.
These requirements are supported Islamic Jihad and the popular front for the liberation of Palestine. In their opinion, the arrest is political. It is also alleged that the police baton is not the best response to criticism.