Palestinian Public Opinion Polls No. 8
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The Occupied Palestinian Territories witnessed, in the period preceding this poll, an Israeli escalation in the military operations; the Israeli army continued the destruction, the closures and the killing of Palestinian people. The occupation forces bombed a playground in Gaza. The bombardment left tens of casualties from among the Palestinian civilians. Further, the Israeli occupation forces liquidated a group of Palestinian activists in Nablus and Jenin. On the political and security levels, the Palestinian scene witnessed a series of developments. Among these are the chaotic state that spread in Gaza Strip in particular, and some other West Bank cities in general, especially Nablus and Ramallah. An armed group kidnapped some foreigners and detained them for some hours. Other groups stormed into a number of sites that belong to the Palestinian Authority; some top Palestinian officers were kidnapped. In view of the above realities, a number of the leaders of the security apparatuses submitted their resignation; a state of dissatisfaction dominated the Palestinian scene. Prime Minister Ahmed Qurai submitted his resignation and withdrew it twice within the last sixty days. The Palestinian Legislative Council, announced the suspension of its sessions for one month protesting the lack of respect and attention for its decisions by the Palestinian Authority. Consequently, several declarations and calls for a comprehensive internal reformation were issued by ministers, PLC members, representatives of political factions, security officials and others. Such calls did not lead to any substantial result. In the Palestinian Territories, the election registration campaign was launched in preparation for the general elections which have not been given a specific date. There are efforts paid to urge people to register for the elections, but the news tell of very weak and slow registration process.