Gaza,(In Palestine Today)- The legislative elections are scheduled to take place on May 22 and the presidential vote on July 31. There is, however, still a possibility that the Israeli occupation will spoil the entire process.
“Israel” has repeatedly demonstrated that it will crush all Palestinian expressions of democracy that challenge its settler-colonial regime and will only allow a subordinate Palestinian leadership.
Act4Palestine youth team based in the Gaza Strip launched a Twitter storm on Wednesday to pressure the international community to ensure the upcoming Palestinian elections are conducted fairly and without manipulation by the Israeli occupation.
The campaign sparked a lot of reactions, as several teams participated, such as: Palestine Defense Forces, VPalestine, Palestine Sunbird and Palestine Online.
Israeli occupation forces broke into the house of Legislative Council member Samir Al-Qadi
in occupied Hebron and threatened him not to stand for the upcoming elections.#PalestinianElection2021
— Raseel.ps (@PsRaseel) February 24, 2021
Israel has regularly imprisoned Palestinian elected officials just because it doesn’t like their views.
One of those is lawmaker Khalida Jarrar who is still held captive by the Israeli military. #PalestinianElection2021
— Emy (@MarayRagh) February 25, 2021
— Rolagameel (@rolagameel) February 25, 2021
In 2006, Western countries rejected the result of the Palestinian elections in which Hamas won a clear-cut legislative majority. The elections were considered free and fair by international observers. #PalestinianElection2021 pic.twitter.com/9tuAF17xSp
— Nurse Olfat (@nurse_olfat) February 24, 2021
— Laura (@Laura_omar0) February 24, 2021
The elections is a clear sign that will impact the future prospects of Palestinians being able to exercise their rights in self determination.
It is to be hoped that President Biden’s grand words about democracy as he entered the White House extend beyond America’s borders and will also apply to May’s Palestinian elections.
Source: In Palestine Today