Osayd Awawda Assistant Professor, College of Law and Political Science, Hebron University Hebron Palestine

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Since 2007, the overall situation in Palestine has been in constant decline on almost all levels: the rule of law, economy, political stability, human rights, and social security. The main reason for this decline is the vicious continuance of the state of emergency following the parliament’s suspension in 2007 and its dissolution by the Supreme Constitutional Court in December 2018. President Abbas (Abu Mazen) is still maliciously exploiting the state of emergency to maintain his grip on power and preserve his clique cohesion. This was noted in two significant events that have taken place in the last year: the assassination of the political and human rights activist Nizar Banat, and the postponement of the parliamentary and presidential elections.

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