The Palestinian Authority came into existence in the 1990s as a result of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. It was constituted as an interim governing body of the Palestinian autonomous regions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It has long suffered from corruption and intolerance, making it highly unpopular amongst the Palestinians.
Thousands of Palestinians are protesting against President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian security forces have suppressed these dissidents with violence. These demonstrations came in response to the death of an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority while under the custody of the security forces.