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Senate majority leader practices politics of personal destruction
Topic - Ghassan Khatib
A Palestinian atheist who was jailed and beaten last year for expressing anti-Muslim views on Facebook and in blogs says Palestinian security forces are harassing him again, despite government pledges to respect human rights.
Palestinian spokesman Ghassan Khatib claims in a recent news story, "What is illegal here is the [Israeli] occupation, not the attempts to end it." ("Israeli official warns of Palestinian plans for 'bloodshed,' " Web, Sunday)
A former Israeli soldier posted photos on Facebook of herself in uniform smiling beside bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners, drawing sharp criticism Monday from the Israeli military and Palestinian officials.
Khatib, who returned to academia after his government job, said that at his Bir Zeit University in the West Bank, there are signs of growing radicalization among student activists of Abbas' Fatah movement.
"This bid is going to be politically and PR-wise less rewarding because of the Gaza war," said Ghassan Khatib, until recently the Palestinian Authority spokesman.