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He wants what he knows buried with him. He also wants imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti kept there.

He's a prisoner of conscience. On May 20, 2004, Israel convicted him unjustly on bogus terrorist charges. He received five consecutive life sentences plus 40 years. 

If free, he'd be Palestine's president, not Abbas. He was hugely popular. He still is. He honorably supports the rights of people. Abbas sold them out long ago. 

Israel imprisoned Barghouti to prevent his election. Abbas wants him kept there. He also wants Hamas destroyed. 

He's a longtime Israeli collaborator, a traitor, a world class scoundrel, and embezzler. Why Palestinians tolerate him, they'll have to explain. 

Hamas' 2006 legislative victory followed promises of fighting corruption. Washington, EU countries, and regional states contribute hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Much of it ends up unaccounted for.

Abbas stands accused of enriching himself throughout his tenure. He has huge sums stashed abroad. He has hidden investments and secret land deals. 

He helped his sons become millionaires. A July 2012 House Foreign Relations Committee investigated chronic PA corruption.

Testimony given said "corruption within the Palestinian political establishment has been endemic for decades." 

"Reports suggest that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, like his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, has used his position of power to line his own pockets as well as those of his cohort of cronies, including his sons, Yasser and Tarqeq."

The Palestine Investment Fund (PIF) was established to serve all Palestinians. Abbas "asserted complete control." He appoints cronies as board members. He rejects requested audits.

US taxpayer funds were stolen. Accountability is absent. Operations are opaque. Transparency doesn't exist. Rampant corruption is endemic. 

PA officials enrich themselves at the expense of their own people. Abbas and his sons perhaps profited most of all. Legitimate governance is impossible with him in charge.

"While Abbas prosecutes Rashid, he conveniently avoids controversy surrounding his sons" and his own ill-gotten gains.

Jonathan Schanzer is Foundation for Defense of Democracies research vice president. He testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee.

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