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The UN's approach to democracy in Palestine includes only Mahmoud Abbas

10 6 1

UN independent experts have urged the Palestinian Authority to reschedule the parliamentary and presidential elections, which PA leader Mahmoud Abbas cancelled under the pretext of Palestinians in Jerusalem not being allowed to vote. Israel's refusal to grant electoral rights for Palestinians in Jerusalem was what the PA knew all along would form the basis of its reneging on months of reassuring the people that the vote would go ahead.

While the UN experts' statement addressed the practicalities of holding the elections, and how allowing a democratic process to take place would pave the way for unity, the recommendations are idealised and far removed from the colonial and authoritarian violence which Palestinians face daily. It was in the PA's interests that the elections were cancelled.

The statement does not take into account how the PA's crackdown on dissent is hardly conducive to democratic elections. The........

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