Palestinian Authority Security officers tore out the beard of a Muslim cleric over his criticism of the PA, according to Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation), a radical Islamist group which seeks to re-establish the “Islamic Caliphate,” BREITBART reports.
The group said that Sheikh Yunis Raba’a, from Dahiryah near the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested Friday by officers of the PA’s Preventive Security Force after he condemned the PA for agreeing to hand over a monastery in Chevron to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR).
Hizb ut-Tahrir charged the PA of “giving up Palestine” and condemned it for pursuing security coordination with Israel. It said that the actions of the PA security forces “remind us of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons, the ripping of the Koran, and the infidels who work towards degrading Muslims and prophet Muhammad.”
Referring to the arrest of Raba’a, a Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman said that PA security officers “attacked him and forced him into their car. One of them grabbed him by the beard, which he was wearing following the example of Prophet Muhammad. This criminal coward plucked out the beard of the sheik, throwing the hair under his feet while his hands were handcuffed by the criminals.” Read more at BREITBART.