Palestinian Elections

May 2021 Forums General discussion Palestinian Elections

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    alanjjohnstone
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    No friend of Hamas but they now hold the moral high ground,

    Abbas of the Al Fatah and the West Bank Palestinian Authority has postponed the election on the grounds that East Jerusalem Palestinian won’t be guaranteed a vote.

    Hamas, of course, are forbidden to campaign there and that may be the reason Abbas wishes to ensure they vote, believing he has their support

    Israel for all their statements of supporting democracy is shown that they will not fully cooperate in the democratic exercise of the Palestinian voters

    #217561
    alanjjohnstone
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    An article calling for abstention.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/5/1/why-palestinians-should-vote-no-at-the-upcoming-elections

    To demonstrate their rejection of the status quo, they can just cast invalid ballots that read “neither Fatah, nor Hamas”, “no to a pathetic political regime”, “no to corruption”, or “no to division”. With such no-confidence votes, opposition voices can consolidate in an act of resistance to expose ruling authorities and parties and send a clear message…If a significant number decide to vote “no” to the status quo and cast invalid ballots as a statement of their unequivocal rejection of the current regime, we would arrive at a critical juncture in Palestinian politics.

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