On June 24, the anti-corruption activist Nizar Banat died in the custody of Palestinian Authority (PA) police, apparently as a result of severe beatings he received at their hands. Since then, Palestinians in the West Bank have taken to the streets in protest. Khaled Abu Toameh sees these demonstrations as the culmination of an “unprecedented crackdown” that followed the PA president Mahmoud Abbas’s decision on April 29 to cancel elections.
By Empowering the Dictatorships of Hamas and Fatah, the West Supports the Oppression of Palestinians
Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel
Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events: