Why Are Palestinians Protesting Against Abbas?

(AP) Joseph Krauss - Thousands of Palestinians have taken to the streets in recent days to protest against President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. Abbas' popularity plunged after he called off the first elections in 15 years in April. The increasingly authoritarian PA is dominated by Abbas' Fatah party, led by a small circle of men in their 60s and 70s. Abbas is 85. The PA leadership is widely seen by the Palestinians as corrupt and self-serving. Yet Israel, the U.S. and the EU all prefer the unelected PA to Hamas - which they consider a terrorist group - or to the chaos that could ensue from the PA's collapse.

2021-06-28 00:00:00

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