In Mr Jibril Rajoub's anteroom, it looks as if life in Ramallah is taking its usual course. A bored, armed bodyguard sits at his desk watching Arabic music videos. Supplicants sit on dilapidated sofas waiting for an audience with the influential functionary of the ruling Fatah party.
Be it a quarrel with other Fatah members that needs to be resolved, problems with the authorities or applying for a job, a good word from Abu Rami - Mr Rajoub's nom de guerre - can often help fix things.
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