April 30, 2012

Abbas's Palestinian Police State

Jonathan Schanzer, Foreign Policy

AP Photo

President Barack Obama's administration has loudly touted its efforts to protect peaceful activists across the globe from regimes that would oppress them. On April 26, the White House issued an executive order to stop technology companies from helping Iran and Syria commit human rights abuses. The two countries have become what members of Congress have called "zones of electronic repression," where the regimes use modern technologies to crush those seeking democratic reforms.

But amid all this, Obama is missing an opportunity to promote positive change in a government over which the United States has much more leverage: Mahmoud Abbas's increasingly repressive fiefdom in the West Bank.

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TAGGED: Palestinians, Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, freedom of speech

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