by Khaled Abu Toameh, gatestoneinstitute.org, Dec. 29, 2014
What the Palestinians did not tell the Security Council is that the state they seek to establish is one that does not respect public freedoms, first and foremost freedom of expression. It will be a state where the president or any of his senior officials could order the arrest of anyone who dares to speak out against lack of democracy or reforms.
Nor does the Palestinian Authority want the international community to know that 2014 witnessed the worst assaults on freedoms since its establishment two decades ago.
The Palestinian Authority is trying to send a message that no one is immune to arrest or harassment, even if it is a woman.