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Palestinian Phony Politics

I truly cannot think of any other place on earth where the government of a region so badly misrepresents or ignores the needs and wishes of its people, yet simultaneously receives such fanatical devotion and support from these same people – as we witness today within the Palestinian Authority.


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Mahmoud Abbas, third from right, the Palestinian Authority president, at a Fatah party conference on Tuesday in Ramallah, West Bank. (Credit: Palestinian Preaidential Office/Reuters)

On Tuesday, November 28, the New York Times reported that a special conference of the Fatah political party kicked off in the city of Ramallah, in Israel’s West Bank.

During the opening day, incumbent party leader Mahmoud Abbas was re-elected to another term  – and as a result, was handed a further mandate  as President of the Palestinian Authority.

Long before the conference took place, however, Abbas had already solidified his decade-long hold on power by  purging most of his opponents and stacking the deck with supporters in his favour. Those carefully selected delegates wasted little time in formally re-electing him as the leader of Fatah, the political party that controls the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank – a party closely connected to the Palestinian Liberation Organization  (PLO).

Thousands of Fatah delegates from around the world seated inside the conference hall. (Credit: Haytham Othman/MaanImages)

Thousands of Fatah delegates from around the world seated inside the conference hall. (Credit: Haytham Othman/MaanImages)

“Everybody voted yes,” a spokesman for Fatah, Mahmoud Abu al-Hija, told reporters who had not been allowed into the conference hall for the decision.

The conference, Fatah’s first in seven years, comes as the Palestinians face economic troubles, violent clashes among competing clans and the continuing Israeli so-called “occupation” of the West Bank.

Critics complain that Mr. Abbas’s leadership has grown out of touch. He responded to that criticism by demonstrating his continued grip on the Palestinian Authority and to rebuild the Fatah party leadership with allies.

Now 81 years old, Abbas will now be able to  also hold onto leadership for at least another five years, effectively silencing any opposition for the rest of the decade.

FULL STOPstop  Folks, you need to be made aware of a very important point here, and since most Western media won’t tell you this, we will: Mahmoud Abbas is NOT the legitimate President of the Palestinian Authority today, nor has he been for 7 years! 

Abbas has been a regular bit player in the Middle East drama played out on Western news programs and 24-hour channels for the last decade, and is always referred to as the “President of the Palestinian Authority”

Cable news has been rushing to the lowest common denominator for years and will just keep getting worse. (Credit: Saysomethingblogcom)

Cable news has been rushing to the lowest common denominator for years and will just keep getting worse. (Credit: Saysomethingblog.com)

What’s the lesson in this?  If the media tells a Big Lie enough times, we will eventually believe it as fact.  On that note,  here’s how the situation with the Palestinian Authority Presidency unfolded:

  • January 5, 2005:   President Mahmoud Abbas was elected to a 4-year term by the citizens of the Palestinian Authority, which was to end January 9, 2009.

  • June 2008:  With the next presidential election just 6 months away, Fatah again nominated Mahmoud Abbas as their candidate.

  • December 2008:  However, Abbas shocked everyone when it was  reported that he wasn’t going to run for a second term.

  • November 5, 2009:  the Guardian reported that Abbas had publicly announced his intention not to run for re-election – with the caveat, however, that he would ONLY stay until the next Presidential election.

Election Evasion

The timeline above, my friends, is a lesson in how to remain in power indefinitely.  Abbas and his party Fatah got into a tug-of-war over the timing of the next Presidential election with the militant Palestinian group Hamas, who are sharing power with Fatah:

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    July 17, 2010:  Originally, the date of the presidential and parliamentary elections for the Palestinian Authority were to be held on this date, but they were postponed several times because of political disputes between Fatah and Hamas.

  • October 2011:  Abbas calls for an election, but Hamas disputes this, stating he didn’t have the authority or legitimacy to make that electoral call – and as a result, Hamas wouldn’t take part in the election.

  • November 2011:  An election date was called, agreed on by both parties.

  • May 4, 2012: Election not held, due to further bickering.

  • December 20, 2013: Hamas called on the Palestinian Authority to form a six-month national unity government that would finally hold the election.

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    April 2014:  An agreement was finally reached between Fayah and Hamas to form a unity government, and for general actions to take place within six months of the agreement.

  • June 2, 2014:  Unity government formed.

  • October 8, 2016 elections were finally called for this date. Then the New York Times reported that the Palestinian high court suspended municipal elections, on September 8, pending a second hearing after a challenge by a lawyer over balloting in East Jerusalem. Reports are that it won’t happen until December.

  • 2017?: The elections are expected to be the first elections in all of the Palestinian territories since Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, as Hamas agreed to participate.

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Will we EVER see this scene again in the Palestinian Territories?

Now, with Abbas solidifying his power this week with Fatah, it could be seen as his way of keeping control regardless of the elections – or he may even be attempting to scuttle them yet again.  The PLO wants him to name a successor, which seems unlikely after giving Abbas a 5-year extension.  The bickering is sure to continue.

Meanwhile the Palestinian people protest Israel’s treatment of them, but seem to still support this sham government, but not Abbas – a June 2-4 poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research were clear and surprising:

The survey, conducted June 2-4, showed that 65% of the public in the West Bank and Gaza Strip want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign. “Demand for Abbas’ resignation stands at 64% in the West Bank and 67% in the Gaza Strip,” read the findings. The survey indicated that 31% want Abbas to remain in office.

If presidential elections were held now, according to the poll, Abbas and two other candidates — Ismail Haniyeh, deputy chairman of Hamas’ political bureau, and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently incarcerated in Israel — would receive 20%, 35% and 40% of the vote, respectively.

That must be a punch in the gut to Abbas, knowing that the Palestinian people would rather elect someone in JAIL IN ISRAEL FOR LIFE over him?  And is it any wonder?  We have reported in the past that:

  • the Palestinian government had been building a palace for the president at a time when they were also asking for donations from the international community in order to keep themselves from starving. In that same story, we also shared the REAL story the media didn’t want to tell you about the electric power being turned off for 45 minutes in winter across the Palestinian Authority… because the Palestinian government had not paid their $500 million power bill for over a year!

  • Sodastream, an Israeli company had became a major target for the BDS movement, and as a result 600 Palestinians lost their jobs when the plant was forced to move out of the Palestinian Territories.  The attitude of the Palestinian spokesman was very revealing, having stated that some collateral damage was necessary in this war against Israel. I should note that these Palestinian workers were making up to 5 TIMES what they could have made in the Palestinian Territories for a similar position. Photos of the workers weeping on their last day at the plant went viral around the world.

Continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

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By Islam Rising, Founding Blog Member
Calling Out Community
Posted Decembe 1, 2016

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