A Palestinian Authority president who has repeatedly defied the government of his country’s prime minister is facing a growing wave of criticism from the international community for his continued support for the extremist group Hamas, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.
Mohammed Dahlan, a member of the ruling Fatah party, is facing growing pressure from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nations for his role in Hamas’s campaign of terror against Israel.
According to a report published in the New York Times on Sunday, Dahlan was among several Palestinians who received U.S. citizenship, which is not allowed under the Oslo Accords.
Dahlan, who is the only Fatah official to receive U.N. recognition, has been one of the leading advocates of Palestinian terrorism since the late 1990s.
Dahlan was elected to the post in 2014, a year after he led Fatah’s election campaign.
He was one of only two Fatah officials to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, along with former prime minister Salam Fayyad, the Times reported.
The report said Dahlan’s supporters in the West Bank are also angered by the fact that he continued to oppose the Palestinian Authority government after being elected, despite Hamas’s apparent desire to keep him in office.
“I don’t want to say that it is all his fault,” one West Bank resident told the AP.
“But there is a sense that he did something wrong.”
Dahlans spokesman said the president’s position on the Palestinians was not at issue.
“The president was elected after the elections in November, not before,” said Ali Abunimah, a Fatah political advisor.
“It was never about political affiliation.
He never asked for the post and he never sought it.”
Dahlans approval ratings have steadily declined since his election, with a poll last week showing his approval rating at 22 percent.
He also has been accused of abusing his office and being uncooperative with the ICC in his dealings with the Palestinians.
He resigned as the head of the PA in February following a probe into a suspected Palestinian attack on a U.K. police station.