Laila el-Haddad (Palestinian blogger of Raising Yousuf) is reporting from Gaza on the approaching legislative Palestinian elections, in a series of posts for Guardian Unlimited, Laila described the situation in Gaza last week by being unusually quite adding: “The brief calm also seems to strengthen the argument of those who posit that the recent chaos was, in fact, premeditated by certain political elements in an effort to destabilise the government or postpone elections. My guess is the gunmen are too busy devouring their Eid meat.”
This week, Laila says posters enveloped Gaza City as everyone has become a national hero while some marched down the streets shouting: “Thieves, thieves, you're all thieves” in reference to the ruling party.”. Laila gave Fatah (Arabic) party a call to find some answers, read her full story here
Despite all the negatives that are visible in pre-legislative elections times, I rate the whole process as positive given how junior the nation is to such a process. With all pride, not much similarity is found in many other Arab countries around us. At least, in Palestine, we are free from the monarch mentality and everybody can be critized.