Human Rights

PA Government Again Facing Criticism For Suppressing Civil Liberties

The Palestinian Authority government is again facing criticism for suppressing civil liberties in the West Bank. David Keyes, executive director of Advancing Human Rights, has described the Western-backed government as becoming “worryingly similar” to the Iran-backed Hamas government in the Gaza Strip that “shuts down social media conferences, represses women, tortures dissidents and arrests journalists.” The political legitimacy of the Palestinian Authority government – which has recently attempted to rebrand itself as the government of the State of Palestine – has also become a subject of renewed scrutiny, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas now in the ninth year of his four-year term. Yesterday TheTower.org indicated that the Palestinian ruler was merely in the eighth year of the four-year term to which he was elected, but Abbas was in fact elected in January 2005. TheTower.org regrets the error.