Blaming Hamas for the loss of Palestinian life is ludicrous.
US-backed Palestinian Authority police attacked journalists and confiscated their cameras as they rallied against violations of press freedoms.
It remains to be seen whether both camps will take a genuinely joint approach towards managing Palestinians’ internal affairs.
Despite Israel’s bluster, it remains closely allied with the Palestinian Authority, on which it relies to maintain control of millions of Palestinians.
Hamas’ deal with Abbas is a short-term fix for a movement in deep crisis.
Known euphemistically as “security coordination,” PA intelligence and security forces work closely with Israeli occupation forces to suppress any Palestinian resistance.
Palestinian Authority crackdown against grassroots activists must also be seen in light of Mahmoud Abbas’ high-profile opposition to the boycott of Israel.
A key Lebanese religious leader is planning a controversial official visit to occupied Palestine.
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