Palestinian Authority to Hold Sham Elections
PA leaders are traitors to their own people.
by Stephen Lendman
Longtime Israeli collaborators Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad scheduled West Bank municipal elections on October 20, 2012. Democracy isn't on the ballot. Palestinians are skeptical for good reason.
For the first time since January 25, 2006, they'll vote in an election much different from then. Fed up with institutionalized Fatah corruption and subservience to Israel, Hamas candidates swept to victory.
They won 74 of the Palestinian Legislative Council's (PLC) 132 seats. Hamas became Palestine's legitimate government. It remains so despite Fatah's complicity with Israel. Doing so separated West Bank authority from Gaza.
Ismail Haniyeh is Palestine's prime minister. Fayyad's PM appointment lacks legitimacy. He represents lawless coup d'etat authority. Abbas' term as president expired in January 2009. He remains in office illegally.
Palestinians suffer because of their allegiance to Israel and Washington, not them. Elections this month assure continuity, not democratic change.