US emboldening crackdown on activists, Palestinian writer tells Post – The Jerusalem Post

“The widespread discontent with the Palestinian Authority has nothing to do with Hamas. It is the result of rampant corruption and assaults on public freedoms. There is no rule of law; people no longer feel safe and secure under the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority’s repressive actions are fueling the anger on the Palestinian street.”
Harhash said that when PA President Mahmoud Abbas announced his decision earlier this year to hold parliamentary and presidential elections, he did so because he was seeking legitimacy that would pave the way for the US administration to resume financial aid to the PA leadership.
“But when President Abbas cancelled the elections, the US, instead of reprimanding him, rewarded him with money,” she said. “The US move was a mistake and it sent the wrong message to the Palestinian leadership – that it no longer needs to obtain legitimacy from the Palestinians because it already secured unconditional US financial aid. Now the Palestinian leaders feel free to go after anyone who speaks out against them.”

Asked if she was afraid for her life after the death of Banat, Harhash told the Post: “Of course I’m afraid. I’m not the only one who’s afraid. There are several other activists and journalists who are very worried. There is no difference between those who torched my car and those who killed Nizar Banat. They want to silence us; they want to intimidate us. The killing of Banat was aimed at sending a warning to people like me that we must keep our mouths shut in the face of this US-backed corrupt, totalitarian and criminal regime.”  Source: US emboldening crackdown on activists, Palestinian writer tells Post – The Jerusalem Post