Open Disobedience to Abbas’ Lockdown Orders
Why is this not being reported or if it is, why is the context for this disobedience not being given? Look at these photos… this is not from pre-Corona days. This is from Sunday, May 25, 2020. Abu Mazen imposed a strict absolute lockdown that was supposed to last from Friday until this morning, Monday. And the people — look at how many people — openly disobeyed him.
The reason Abu Mazen publicly give for the lockdown was because residents of the PA who returned home for the holiday from their workplaces in Israel brought Coronavirus with them. Does not look like they do not believe him, does it? They no longer are toeing the party line. They are getting up in revolt. How serious is it? How long will it last. Nobody knows.
But a similarly important question is why the media are not reporting on this. I reported on it when it just began — on Friday. And all I saw reported elsewhere was a short piece on the Israeli evening news and they broadcast Abbas’ excuses that it was because of the cessation of security cooperation, between the IDF and the PA security forces, something the leader of the Palestinian Workers’ Organization says does not really exist. Then I reported in a bit more depth about what was brewing under the surface and it was published last night in an article on United with Israel called: ‘The Last Straw’: Palestinians Take to the Streets, Protesting PA Leadership.
I searched the media for reports on the huge attendance at mosques yesterday in residents’ disobedience of the PA orders and protest against their leaders. I found these: The Times of Israel report blames anger at the weekend lockdown for the disobedience. Ynetnews reported on the lockdown but not on the disobedience. The Jerusalem Post reported that after Saturday demonstrations against the lockdown, Abbas eased restrictions slightly and allowed some mosques to be opened. I did not find anything in the international media and I did not look yet for anything in Hebrew. My Arabic is not good enough to see what is being reported in that language.
So why is the mainstream media not covering this and not calling it what it is? Why are they still accepting Abbas’ excuses that any unrest in the PA is because Israel is doing something that compels them to cancel security cooperation or that just makes terrorists so angry that they have to go out and run over or stab a few Israelis? When will they begin to report that the true occupier of the Arabs in the Palestinian Authority is their very own leadership?