The political situation in Palestine has gotten even more turbulent, and in this environment, Hamas has begun to consider deposing current President Mahmoud Abbas by leveraging its rising acceptance. And, in order to keep his position secure, Abbas is attacking his political opponents from the Dahlan-led Democratic reform movement.
Activists and candidates associated with the Dahlan-affiliated Al-Mustaqbal list for the parliamentary election have been primarily targeted by the crackdown.
Palestinian Authority (PA) security officers have arrested 49 Palestinians on suspicion of being associated to expelled Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan, according to a spokeswoman for the Dahlan-led Democratic Reform Current. Another 150 Palestinians have been detained or called for questioning by PA security agents for the same reason, according to Dimitri Diliani.
According to him, the PA crackdown on Dahlan supporters in the West Bank began on May 25 during US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Ramallah. The current acts show that, while Hamas wants to depose Abbas, he is not going down without a fight.
At the same time, Hamas is attempting to enlist the help of international players. The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has dispatched a delegation to Morocco to meet with Moroccan politicians. The tour was headed by Ismail Haniyeh, the chief of Hamas' political department. Following Israel's military onslaught on the Gaza Strip last week, the latest developments in occupied Palestine.
In the parliamentary election, Fatah planned to run three separate lists, including Abbas loyalists, Dahlan supporters, and members of a new party led by Nasser al-Qidwa, a former Palestinian Foreign Minister. Since Abbas' announcement that the elections would be canceled, a slew of Hamas sympathizers, Palestinian political activists, and others have expressed their disappointment.
PA security personnel have arrested or summoned social media users for questioning, with some being accused of "insulting" important Palestinian officials. Some Hamas sympathizers were accused of joining demonstrations in support of the Gaza-based terrorist group during last month's Israel-Hamas war.
“While President Abbas was meeting with Secretary of State Blinken in Ramallah, the campaign of arrests against Al-Mustaqbal activists and volunteers began,” Diliani stated. “President Abbas was emboldened by Blinken's visit, which occurred after a crisis between the PA and the US during the previous US administration, to attack the Mustaqbal list, which poses the greatest threat to his [Fatah] faction.
In short, Abbas took advantage of Blinken's visit and regarded it as US political support to silence his political opponents and critics.”
Abbas, according to Diliani, has utilized repressive methods "against anyone who disagrees with him." Despite the crackdown, Dahlan supporters will continue to engage in political activities and seek free elections, according to him.
Hamas has been attempting to use the schisms that exist inside the political party for its own gain. Abbas, on the other hand, is unwilling to hand up the West Bank to the same people who have made Gaza a living nightmare.