21 January 2012
MAZAL TOV, PRESIDENT ABBAS
Solidarity With The Palestinians
Earlier this month, a momentous occasion passed for the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas - he began the eighth year of his four-year term as President. But instead of a tsunami of congratulations from the world's leaders for this popular figure on such a remarkable anniversary, the occasion has been almost universally ignored.
The absence of elections for the Presidency is not the only feature of Palestinian democracy to be ignored by large sections of the world's political leaders and media. They have also ignored repeated cancellations of the Palestinian local elections. Likewise, the disappearance of elections to the Palestinian Authority has been greeted by silence. This is not an oversight. There is a pattern and the pattern is clear.
The Palestinian leaders, in both Gaza and the Disputed Territories, jettison democracy – and a host of other human rights – with scarcely any rebuke, challenge, adverse reaction, sanction or demand for its restitution. Anyone would think it a small or unimportant matter.