Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Palestinian Voter Turnout

Since the low voter turnout in the Palestinian elections on the 9th, there has been a concerted effort to deny that the voter turnout was anything less than solid, significant, or strong. The truth is that it was none of these things, no matter how much we all want to believe that this is a turning point, an opportunity, etc. etc. (I even read somewhere, and am now forgetting where, that this marked the end of the intifada). The truth of the matter was that about 45 percent of eligible voters participated in the Palestinian presidential elections on Sunday. Ali Abunimah at ElectronicIntifada has a breakdown of the figures (he arrives at a figure of 46.7 percent voter turnout) as well as an analysis of the attempts by the media and what he calls the "international peace process industry" (government officials, think tank people, columnists, etc.) to skew the turnout numbers in a more positive direction.

Meanwhile, in Ha'aretz, Amira Hass has more analysis with regard to why the turnout was so low. She writes:
What's left is to examine the reasons for the low turnout: 45 percent of the eligible voters. Palestinian society is supremely political. So the abstention was also very political. It proves that the Palestinian public is not suffering from the illusion about who really rules over its life. It is not Abu Mazen, or Fatah, but the Israeli government and its emissary, the army. At no point on election day was it possible to forget that. At the Jabalya election station, a school that had been hit in the past by missiles; at Beit Lahia, the farming town in Gaza whose greenhouses and orchards have been erased by order of the army; at the voting station in Khan Yunis, which could only be reached through the rubble left behind by the army as it defended the settlements of Gush Katif; in Tel Sultan in Rafah, where the roads crushed by IDF tanks have not been repaired yet.
Finally, I just saw that ABC News named bloggers the "people of the year." What the hell is that crap? As a blogger myself, I can honestly say that I am not the person of the year. And whoever thinks that I am/we are is an absolute moron.

I just read some annoying bit of blah woof saying that now Abbas has to show that he can "handle" the various Palestinian factions and then everything will be just swell. I take this to mean that he has to display aggressive willingness to be repressive in an Israeli and American style. But he has no army, you say. He doesn't have a Mandate, you say. Silly old you. I suppose you think there should be a genuine Palestinian state, too.
These people are organized on a Tribal pattern. Clans formed of extended families are going to struggle for territory and the money that can be made from controlling commerce between the various areas and overseas remittances.
This cultural programing does not bode well for the adminstration of "Government" even though elections may have been held, votes counted ("Democracy") the result will still be "he who controls the weapons, rules".
Miguel Mena
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