Autocrat Abbas, 84, whose term officially ended in 2009, has over the course of recent months substantially reduced salaries in Gaza, reduced fuel for electricity, and initiated further financial cuts on the already impoverished terrorist enclave.
– Abbas accused Gaza’s kleptocratic rulers of sharing values with Israel.
By i24NEWS, AFP
Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip protested on Sunday. calling for the resignation of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas following the Ramallah-based leader’s attempts to pressure his rival Hamas with financial cuts in the impoverished enclave.
“Leave!” yelled crowds made up mainly of supporters of Hamas and Mohammed Dahlan, an Abbas rival expelled from the president’s Fatah party and who now lives in exile. Continue Reading »
With Palestinian protesters demanding the end of punitive measures from Abbas’ PA gov’t on Hamas and Gaza, an unprecedented wave of anti-Abbas protesters are taking to the streets in the West Bank.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday expressed fear that the talk about easing restrictions on the Gaza Strip was part of an Israeli-Palestinian “conspiracy” to transform the Palestinian cause into a “humanitarian issue.”
The PA, which has been imposing its own financial sanctions on the Gaza Strip, also expressed fear that the easing of restrictions would embolden Hamas and tighten its grip over the coastal enclave. Continue Reading »
With a vaguely worded decree from Palestinian autocrat Abbas, his gov’t in the West Bank further restricts social media and news websites in what critics say allows Mahmoud Abbas to jail anyone on undemocratic charges of harming ‘national unity’ or the Palestinian ‘social fabric.’
By the Associated Press
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has clamped down on social media and news websites—the main outlets for debate and dissent in the West Bank—with a vaguely worded decree that critics say allows his government to jail anyone on charges of harming “national unity” or the “social fabric.”
Rights activists say the edict, issued without prior public debate last month, is perhaps the most significant step yet by Abbas’ government to restrict freedom of expression in the West Bank. Continue Reading »