He spurns new elections. In October, sham municipal ones were held. They were the first since 2005. Democracy wasn't on the ballot. Legitimate choice was excluded.
Half or more eligible voters stayed home. Low turnout revealed widespread apathy. Why support officials serving Israel. Abbas rigged things for them.
Hamas opted out. A spokesman said "Our supporters understand that we are not participating, and therefore we expect them not to vote for anyone."
Fatah independent candidates were excluded. Pro-Israeli ones ran virtually unopposed. Abbas spurns general elections. He wanted local West Bank ones to renew Fatah support. Results left egg on his face.
Palestinians are stuck with him as long as he stays president. Likeminded pro-Israeli stooges await to replace him when he steps down.
Ayoub Smamasneh lives in Um Haroun, Sheikh Jarrah. His plight reflects thousands of other Palestinians. They're victims of Israeli ethnic cleansing. They live on land Israel wants. State authorities can't claim it legally. They steal it instead.
"To whom it may concern," he wrote. His family is threatened. He's lived in his home since 1964. He and his wife raised six children.
In 2009, Israel's General Custodian told him his rental agreement won't be renewed. Israeli authorities sued him "to take ownership of (his) property via individuals they claim are descendants of (pre-1948) original Jewish owners."