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16th January 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Protecting Palestine

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago, I was talking to a Fatah official about Palestinian aspirations, especially his party’s sharp emotions about Hamas, the Palestinian fundamentalist movement that rules Gaza and would gladly overthrow the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority on the West Bank.

4th December 2016 - Quoted by Joshua Mitnick - The Los Angeles Times

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas consolidates control over his party

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas cemented his control over his political party, Fatah, on Sunday after 18 politicians loyal to him won spots on its powerful Central Committee. The vote capped a six-day conference of the party, which also saw a former West Bank security chief...

8th September 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Fragile State of the Palestinian Authority

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

A Palestinian court on Thursday postponed municipal elections scheduled for Oct. 8 because Palestine’s two largest political factions, Fatah and Hamas, couldn’t agree on terms. The stalemate has been in place since 2006, the last time Palestinians voted, and even led to an internecine...

16th June 2016 - Fathom Journal

Assessing the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Policy

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas travelled to Athens in late December to thank the Greek Parliament for recognising the ‘State of Palestine’.

24th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

New Survey: 96% of Palestinians Believe Palestinian Authority is Corrupt

Grant Rumley

A recent poll of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip found that 95.5 percent believe that there is corruption the government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

3rd May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: West’s Blind Eye to Abbas’ Corrupt Dictatorship is Undermining Palestinian Statehood

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

The West’s refusal to challenge the growing corruption and autocratic rule of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas “could have a devastating effect on the long- prospects for a viable Palestinian state,” Grant Rumley, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of...

1st May 2016 - Newsweek

Barack Obama’s West Bank Strongman: Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

Amid all the preparations for a French-led conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace in the next year, Western officials continue to turn a blind eye to the increasingly autocratic tendencies of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

30th April 2016 - Quoted by Jonathan Brown - Al Jazeera

Birzeit vote: ‘Last stronghold’ of Palestinian politics

Grant Rumley

Hundreds of women waved Hamas flags, handed out sweets and chanted slogans along the streets of the typically sleepy Birzeit village this week, celebrating the victory of a Hamas-aligned group in student council elections at Birzeit University for the second year in a row.

15th April 2016 - inFOCUS Quarterly

After Abbas, Le Déluge in the Palestinian Authority

Grant Rumley, Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian leaders in the West Bank refer to the wave of terror currently gripping Israel as a haba sha'abiya, or a "popular outburst."

11th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Abbas Establishes New Court to Consolidate Hold on Power

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has formed a new constitutional court that will have primacy over lower courts and further entrench his hold on power, Reuters reported on Monday.

23rd March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Palestinian Prime Minister Acknowledges Torture

Grant Rumley

In an interview that somehow failed to make headlines, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah admitted last week that torture occurs in PA facilities. Hamdallah, speaking on camera to the German outlet Deutsche Welle, ceded, “certain things happen, torture happens, but it is...

25th January 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Protesters Call for Israel’s Destruction, Block Jewish Service at LGBTQ Convention

Benjamin Weinthal

Hundreds of anti-Israel protesters disrupted a Shabbat service and reception held by an Israeli LGBTQ organization at a conference for gay activism in Chicago, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported on Sunday.

30th September 2015 - Quoted by Jessica Schulberg - The Huffington Post

Mahmoud Abbas Tells UN He Will No Longer Observe Oslo Accords

Grant Rumley

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday declared that he will no longer be bound by the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, citing Israel's failure to uphold its obligations under the peace agreement.

30th September 2015 - Quoted by CAMERA

Analyst: Palestinian Leadership Faces “Dangerous” Generational Crisis

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership faces a “dangerous generational crisis” according to Grant Rumley, a specialist on Palestinian and Jordanian politics at the Washington D.C.-based think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Writing in Business Insider, Rumley argues there is...

28th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Tablet: Palestinian Authority Should Help Refugees By Returning Embezzled Aid Money

Jonathan Schanzer

If Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announces at the United Nations General Assembly next week that the Oslo Accords are dead, as he is expected to do, then he should relinquish the billions of dollars of aid the PA has misappropriated and use it to help real refugees, Liel...

28th September 2015 - Business Insider

The Palestinians Are Facing a Serious Generational Crisis

Grant Rumley

Amidst clashes between Palestinians and Israeli policemen on the al-Aqsa compound last week, protests erupted across the West Bank in support of the Haram as-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, also known as the Temple Mount.

24th September 2015 - Quoted by Liel Leibovitz - Tablet Magazine

Want To Really Help Refugees?

Jonathan Schanzer

Forget the pope: The only truly important dignitary visiting New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. That’s because Abbas, unlike most of his powerful peers, may actually hold the key to world peace.

24th February 2015 - Quoted by David Taylor - The Times of London

Palestinian Authorities Fined After Conviction on Terror Charge

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Palestinian Authority were last night ordered to pay more than $218 million after a landmark US court ruling found them guilty of providing material support for terrorists.

24th February 2015 - Business Insider

How a Major American Court Ruling Could Plunge the Palestinian Authority Into Crisis

Grant Rumley

A New York court ruled on Monday that the Palestinian Authority was responsible for six terror attacks that killed and wounded scores of civilians during the second intifada, a period of intense violence in the early 2000s between Israel and the Palestinians.

24th February 2015 - CNN International

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