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A protester waves the Palestinian flag during clashes with the Israeli forces at the Hawara checkpoint A protester waves the Palestinian flag during clashes with the Israeli forces at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, May 14, 2021 (AP photo by Majdi Mohammed).

The Israel-Hamas War Reflects a Regional Retreat for Rights

Monday, May 17, 2021

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Framing the latest outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas is a distressing new reality for Palestinians: a great many power brokers in the region have lost any serious interest in their rights. In fact, the downgrading of Arab interest in Palestinian rights reflects a wider recommitment to authoritarianism by regional leaders who want to avoid repeats of the uprisings that flared across the region in 2010-2011. ...

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