The murder of Basel al-Araj was as much a product of the Israeli occupation as of the PA’s quest for complete and unchallenged dominance.
Palestinian Facebook users fired a storm of satirical Arabic posts at the Palestinian Authority.
The main impression I got – in a variety of rural areas and also in Ramallah and Jerusalem – was how severely abandoned the average Palestinian and Palestinians collectively feel by their own leadership, their own political movements, by the Arab states and increasingly by the Arab people as well.
One proposal for the city’s future could save Rawabi from financial crisis, elevate the reputation of the Palestinian leadership, force Israel to succumb to global pressure, and offer a humble contribution towards alleviating the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time.
The Palestinian Authority – Serving Whom?
For most Palestinians, the main reaction to the announcement by President Abbas that the Palestinian Authority will no longer abide by the Oslo accords is probably: “It’s about time!”
Internal U.S. deliberations convey “US officials blithely accepting ongoing Israeli violations of international humanitarian law, UN Security Council resolutions, and a landmark ruling by the International Court of Justice against Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”