A ‘nervous’ Abbas steps up crackdown on critics


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A ‘nervous’ Abbas steps up crackdown on critics
On Saturday, PA Security Forces arrested more than 20 Palestinians who were planning to participate in a protest in the center of Ramallah.
AUGUST 22, 2021

The Palestinian Authority is growing increasingly intolerant toward its critics and political rivals, Palestinian human-rights advocates, lawyers and political activists said Sunday. “The continuing crackdown on public freedoms shows that the Palestinian leadership is nervous and does not want to hear about democracy and freedom of expression,” they said in a statement after the arrest of dozens of Palestinian activists on Saturday by the PA Security Forces in Ramallah.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas was angry because last week’s deal to transfer Qatari aid funds to the Gaza Strip through the UN was reached behind his back, some activists said. Abbas believes any deal concerning Gaza that excludes the PA further emboldens Hamas and undermines the Palestinian leadership’s standing and credibility, they said.

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