Friday, 12 February 2010

Attitudes towards the Palestinian Authority

It seems from talking to people that any new movement against the occupation in the West Bank will involve a reckoning with the Palestinian Authority.

In western mainstream commentary the issue is presented as one of a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians as 'represented' by the 'moderate' Palestinian Authority.

But there is widespread cynicism and hostility towards the PA here. I have heard personal testimony of serious breaches of human rights as the PA imprisons those who criticise it's collaboration with Israel, and of important development projects going unfunded as money is wasted through corruption.

Tariq Ali writes here that, "incapable of achieving even token independence, the PLO leadership in the West Bank settled down to make money, leaving the bulk of the Palestinian people helpless: mired in poverty and regularly subjected to settler violence". Robert Fisk writes here of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as, "An obedient man....someone with whom the Israelis could 'do business'". And of Mohamed Dahlan, "the hated PLO security boss".

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