by Khaled Abu Toameh, gatestoneinstitute.org, Jan. 9, 2015
It would be a good idea if the international community and media stopped turning a blind eye to the suffering of Palestinians at the hands of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority [PA].
Abbas wants the world to support the creation of a dictatorship where people are arrested and intimidated for expressing their views in public. He is also asking the world to support a Palestinian state where Hamas is torturing Palestinians.
While the PA is accusing Hamas of human rights violations, its security forces in the West Bank continue to crack down on freedom of expression. In recent weeks, Palestinian Authority forces in the West Bank have arrested more than 25 university students on charges of criticizing Palestinian leaders in Ramallah.
“You can still see the bruises on their bodies. They were subjected to harsh torture.” — Hisham Sakallah, Palestinian writer, on Hamas interrogators beating Fatah officials with plastic hoses.