Amira Hass tells us in Haaretz today that the Palestinian Authority is actively suppressing any demonstrators, in solidarity with Egypt, in the West Bank. A young Palestinian man was even detained by the PA for initiating a Facebook solidarity vigil with the Egyptian unrest. Hass attributes the cause of all of this, to the longstanding relationship — of the Palestinian Authority — with the iron-fisted, US backed Egyptian dictator Mubarak, and also that the PA is sufficiently an authoritarian regime itself, to not want to give any sanction or support to democratization efforts in the broader Middle East.

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