What is the real reason for the cancellation of elections in the West Bank and Gaza? Read more about Mahmoud Abbas runs scared of democracy
Recent moves to stifle political opposition suggest West Bank leadership struggling to grapple with deep public disillusionment. Read more about PA cracks down on dissent as Abbas runs out of options
Why was Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas trying to get Cuba to free a USAID contractor accused of spying and convicted of subversion? Read more about Hoping to unfreeze US aid dollars, Abbas asked Cuba to free accused American spy
An initial reading of the Palestine Papers provides details of hitherto unknown secret, high-level “Quadripartite” meetings among Israeli, American, Egyptian and Palestinian officials whose explicit goal appears to have been to undermine the Palestinian national unity government. The essential point here is that part of the PA — loyal to Mahmoud Abbas and backed by the US — was actively plotting with Israel and its allies against the legitimately-constituted unity government. Ali Abunimah analyzes. Read more about The Palestine Papers and the "Gaza coup"
United States officials including President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice participated in a conspiracy to arm and train Contra-style Palestinian militias nominally loyal to the Fatah party to overthrow the democratically-elected Hamas government in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, an investigative article in the April 2008 issue of Vanity Fair has revealed. Read more about Revealed: the US plan to start a Palestinian civil war
“Be certain that Yasser Arafat’s final days are numbered, but allow us to finish him off our way, not yours. And be sure as well that … the promises I made in front of President Bush, I will give my life to keep.” Those words were written by the Fatah warlord Mohammed Dahlan, whose US- and Israeli-backed forces were routed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip last month, in a 13 July 2003 letter to then Israeli defense minister Shaul Mofaz and published on Hamas’ website on 4 July this year. Ali Abunimah writes that letter is a small but vivid piece of evidence to add to the existing mountain, of the conspiracy in which Mahmoud Abbas’s leadership is involved. Read more about Overcoming the conspiracy against Palestine
The dramatic rout of the US and Israeli-backed Palestinian militias in Gaza by forces loyal to Hamas represents a major setback to the Bush doctrine in Palestine. EI co-founder Ali Abunimah examines how ever since Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections in the occupied territories in January 2006, elements of the leadership of the long-dominant Fatah movement, including Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his advisors have conspired with Israel, the United States and the intelligence services of several Arab states to overthrow and weaken Hamas. Read more about A setback for the Bush doctrine in Gaza
There’s something a little misleading in the media reports that routinely describe the fighting in Gaza as pitting Hamas against Fatah forces or security personnel “loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas.” That characterization suggests somehow that this catastrophic civil war that has killed approximately 50 Palestinians during the past week is a showdown between Abbas and the Hamas leadership — which simply isn’t true, although such a showdown would certainly conform to the desires of those running the White House Middle East policy. Read more about Palestinian Pinochet Making His Move?