Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joined dozens of dignitaries from around the world in Jerusalem on September 30 to attend the funeral of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres. He returned to a backlash at home over his decision to participate in the state ceremony.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, Peres has been criticised in Arabic postings on social media. Abbas’ main political rival, the Hamas Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, condemned his participation as having betrayed Pales...

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