February 17, 2013

Palestine's Democratic Deficit

David Keyes, New York Times

AP Photo

It should come as no surprise that the Palestinian Authority is cracking down on basic freedoms. From the top down, a culture of repression reigns supreme. President Abbas’s term ended four years ago. He has clung to power as an unelected autocrat for nearly half a decade. In November, a senior adviser to Mr. Abbas, Mohammad Shtayyeh, told me that Mr. Abbas had no desire to continue ruling, but that he simply could not leave because of the divisions in Palestinian society. Suppressing criticism by resorting to a 50-year-old Jordanian law — designed to punish critics of Jordan’s monarchy when it ruled over the West Bank — has not helped burnish the questionable democratic credentials Mr. Abbas so often claims when meeting Western leaders.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Palestinian Authority, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Palestine

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

February 13, 2013
The Palestinians Don't Deserve a State
Dan Calic, Ynet News
With President Obama coming to Israel soon, let me ask what some consider a rhetorical question- do the Palestinians actually deserve a state of their own? Obama and most of the international community think they do. Yet if we... more ››
February 7, 2013
Is Abbas the Last PA President?
Mudar Zahran, Jerusalem Post
After Israel’s most recent military operation in Gaza, which ended with a cease-fire, Hamas has been claiming victory and enjoying popularity with the Palestinians, which comes as a setback for Hamas’s rivals;... more ››
February 13, 2013
Much Ado About Israeli & Palestinian Textbooks
Michael Felsen, CGNews
Like so much else that touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a just-released three-year-long study of how textbooks on both sides portray the "other" has provoked a firestorm of controversy. The fruit of a seed first... more ››
February 5, 2013
Israel, Palestine and the Mapping of Power
Tristram Hunt, The Guardian
In portraying politics rather than geography, Ramallah and Jerusalem are displaying instincts as ancient as Ptolemy. more ››