Ordtaket om at palestinerne er sin egen verste fiende, ser ut til å holde stikk. Væpnede, maskerte grupper gjør som de vil. I helgen sparket de internasjonale valgobservatører ut av et hotell i Nablus, og kidnappet en italiener i Gaza for å kreve ny gransking av Arafats død. Mahmoud Abbas har ikke lenger kontroll.

Idag streiket politiet fordi de ikke får lov å arrestere en mann som de vet drepte en av deres kolleger! Slikt er demoraliserende.

On Saturday, Palestinian Authority officials expressed deep concern over the growing state of anarchy and lawlessness in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, warning that the PA was rapidly losing control.

Some Palestinians compared the situation to what’s happening in Somalia, which is divided by fiefdoms run by clan leaders and warlords.

«The situation in the Palestinian territories is very dangerous because we are no longer in control,» a senior PA official here admitted.

He said the latest cycle of internal violence, including the kidnapping of foreigners, attacks on public buildings and installations, and gun battles between rival gangs and clans, raise serious doubts as to whether next month’s parliamentary elections could be held on time.

Gunmen belonging to the ruling Fatah Party over the weekend issued several warnings to international monitors against arriving in the Palestinian territories to observe the elections.

On Saturday, a group of gunmen stormed a hotel in Nablus and kicked out a number of foreign monitors who had arrived in the city to prepare for the vote. More than 120 monitors from different countries are expected to oversee the vote.

The gunmen, who identified themselves as members of Fatah’s armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, said they were determined to foil the PA’s plan to hold the elections next month. Another Fatah gang in the Gaza Strip said it would prevent foreigners from using the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

Italian hostage freed in Gaza