What Stands Between the Palestinians and Democracy?
Can the state-building currently underway in the region of the Palestinian Authority (PA) avoid the brutal dictatorships and lack of basic civil and political liberties that prevail throughout most of the Middle East? If the fresh start in Gaza and the West Bank offers a unique opportunity for democracy, the five years since the establishment of the PA in May 1994 have also shown the many obstacles to that goal. Other writers have examined the diplomatic and political obstacles, such as the Oslo accord and the personality of Arafat. This article looks at the societal forces that stand in the way, divided into three main categories: the demise of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the lack of support for democratic values and principles, and the strength of Islamist parties.
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Middle East Quarterly, 6(2)
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