by Khaled Abu Toameh, June 30, 2021

Khaled Abu Toameh makes clear what is actually going on in the Palestinian Authority, and it is hugely different from what we read in much of the Western press. He writes of the “Palestinian leaders who have turned the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of the West Bank into a police state where political opponents are beaten to death, arrested, tortured and intimidated.” Abu Toamah writes that this crackdown has been pretty much ignored by the Western media, until the death of Nizar Banat, “a political activist and outspoken critic of the Palestinian leadership who was allegedly beaten to death on June 24 by Palestinian security officers.” He points out that “[i]t was ignored because the perpetrators were not Israeli policemen or soldiers. It was ignored because the media could not find a way to blame Israel for the fact that the Palestinian government was harassing, intimidating and torturing Palestinians.” He asks, “What will the western world, beginning with the Biden Administration, do with the testimony of the Palestinian journalists and political activists, who are being targeted and silenced by their own leaders? Will the Biden administration and the Western world actually legitimize — and reward with millions of dollars and possibly even a state — political leaders who brutalize, torture and murder their own journalists and citizens? To gain what? A legacy of America championing a regime like that?”

AUTHOR: Khaled Abu Toameh is an Israeli Arab journalist, lecturer and documentary filmmaker. He lives in Jerusalem and writes for The Jerusalem Post and for the New York-based Gatestone Institute, where he is a senior distinguished fellow. He is a producer and consultant for NBC News since 1989. His articles have also appeared in numerous newspapers around the world.

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