A new Palestinian law combating information technology (IT) crimes has sparked a wave of protests from Palestinian journalists and human rights organisations.
The controversial Cyber Crime Law, signed by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on July 11, permits the imprisonment of Palestinians for “liking” or sharing published material on the internet.
Critics say the law paves the way for the emergence of a “police state” in PA-controlled territories in the West Bank. They also argue that the law aims to silence criticism of Abbas and the PA leadership.
The new law comes on the heels of the PA’s recent decision to block more than 20 Palestinian websites accused of publishing comments and articles critical of the PA leadership.
Two-state solution, anyone? Well, liberal lefties, be careful what you wish for. This is just a foretaste of what would happen if the Palestinians ever had a state of their own. The queues for an Israeli blue identity card would stretch from Ramallah to Mecca. Please get this through your heads, useful idiots of the liberal left: the founders of plane hijackings, suicide bombings, stabbings and car ramming are the people on this earth least deserving of a state of their own. On the other hand, yet another failed Arab state may be exactly what they deserve.