Palestine after Abbas: Little hope, much violence

Palestinians chanting slogans and waving pictures of President Mahmoud Abbas during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sept 27, ahead of his speech during the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United
Palestinians chanting slogans and waving pictures of President Mahmoud Abbas during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sept 27, ahead of his speech during the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2018, with the headline 'Palestine after Abbas: Little hope, much violence'. Print Edition | Subscribe