Meaningless Election!

Finally,Fatah and Hamas agreed on opening the doors for the people in Gaza to register in the voters records. great news, “at least this is how they tries to sell it to the people” , it only took them 6 years to agree on this basic act. during this period both Fatah in the west bank and Hamas in Gaza continues to abort democracy before it’s born.

Since the PLO switched from a liberation movement, to simply another regime with leaders who seeks nothing but the colonialist acceptance, they started building a system loyal to PLO’s main faction, Fatah, which worked fine, during 1996 election, as Hamas refused to run that year. But in 2006 election, when Hamas finally decided go under Oslo umbrella, they ran for the election and won it, taking over the PLC, with 74% majority.
After this huge win, the problems with the one party regime started to service, suddenly we had Hamas’s government, Fatah’s loyal security forces, and colonialist asshole, hated the result so they cut the PA live line, leaving Hamas dealing with the mess, the rest is just history, so near to forget.


Registration process started in Gaza
Picture by Rana Baker

Since Hamas took over Gaza in 2007, they started to build a Hamas-loyal system, hiring those who believe in their ideology, or in worse case from the same pool of thoughts as Hamas. Same apply on the security forces, as Hamas relied more on it’s executive forces, while getting rid of Fatah loyal security branches “for some reason the PA has like 10 different branches of security forces”.

At the same time in the more liberal, more western friendly part of the “Palestinian territories”, Fatah worked hard to ensure their position as the governor of the Palestinians, gaining legitimacy from the Fatah president who also serves as the head of the PLO executive committees “and 3 other titles, more than the loser in the white house”.
Since 07, Fatah continued it’s policy in hiring Fatah loyal in the PA many security branches. At the same time whoever seeks a governmental job, has to get a “security clearance” from the Palestinian inelegance and/or preventive security. The security clearance wont look through the applicants criminal history, nor it will question their relationship with the colonialist, it will just run through your political history, and affiliations.

Regardless to the court order of 2011, banning security clearances, replacing it with “never convicted with a crime” certificate from the court. The PA continues with the security clearance policy, through which many Hamas or Islamic Jehad affiliated are either fired or rejected for jobs as simple as elementary school teacher.

Now, after you read my understanding to the systems in both West bank and Gaza reality, do you still think elections will mean democracy!? Do you really think voting will manage to change anything in our lives!?

I am more convinced today than ever, any real democracy in Palestine can be only achieved, by totally destroying the system established by both Fatah and Hamas, then build a new system loyal to the people not the factions, then run a democratic election, other wise stop wasting our time. “not so keen about building a new system tho,maybe we can try Anarchism for a while first! please?”

Some last points;

1- I still didn’t mention the other reason that involve the Palestinian National Council “PNC” elections. which also doesn’t make sense at this point either.
2- Fatah and Hamas still have a lot to agrees on, and they wont.
3- There is no such thing as, people are not ready for democracy, it’s the system itself that’s not ready for it, not the people.
4- Until the system is fixed election in any Palestinian institution whether it was the PNC, PLC or presidential, it’s a waste of time.
5- I didn’t mention the Israeli colonialism because pointing the obvious will be a waste of time for us all.
6- This is not a call to boycott an election that will never happen, it’s just me practicing my right to write before it become illegal
7- The policies practiced by Hamas in Gaza, are also practiced by Fatah in the west bank, the opposite is also true.


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