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Palestinian leader curbs social media expression

SENTENCES:The new decree stipulates prison terms ranging from one year to life for use of digital means to endanger the safety of the state or upset the public order

AP, RAMALLAH, West Bank

Gaps widened since Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu came to power in 2009, while a promise by the administration of US President Donald Trump to revive long-dormant negotiations appears to have fizzled.

Officials in Abbas’ office declined to comment on the new decree or on long-standing complaints that Abbas and his government restrict freedoms in the West Bank.

The officials said it was up to law enforcement and the Cabinet to comment.

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