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According to Human Rights Watch's Leah Whitson:

"It's time for the Quartet to stop the euphemisms: Israel's demolitions of Palestinian homes and other structures without military necessity violate its obligations as an occupying power. The Quartet should press the government of Israel to end these violations immediately."

Amnesty International's Ann Harrison said:

"The Quartet must face the facts on the ground in the occupied West Bank: escalating demolitions and whole villages threatened with forced eviction." 

"Ensuring respect for international human rights and humanitarian law should be the cornerstone of the Quartet's work. Only if it confronts these ongoing violations head on can the Quartet contribute to a just and sustainable solution."

According to CARE International's David White:

"The families we work with are terrified that any day they could lose their homes and the health clinic provided by CARE International. Tomorrow they could wake up and everything they have worked their entire lives to build could be gone." 

"We are providing people with essential health services, but no amount of humanitarian or development assistance can help people overcome this feeling of despair. The Quartet needs to put forth a plan of action that brings the security people desperately need to lead a dignified life."

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When is enough enough? When will tolerating the intolerable end? When will accountability replace indifference to human suffering? When will racist persecution no longer be condoned? When will PA leaders stop being Israel's enforcer.

On September 19, Maan News headlined "PA 'arrests scores" across the West Bank," saying:

Palestinian security forces did Israel's dirty work. They do it daily against their own people. About 60 arrests were made this time. Hamas members were targeted. They included Fuad al-Khuffash. He's a journalist and Ahrar Center for Prisoners' Studies director. He's a human rights defender. He's not a criminal.

For many years, Israeli and PA enforcers targeted him. He's been imprisoned without charge several times. Once in PA custody, the Palestinian High Court of Justice ordered his release. PA security forces refused. Israel said don't do it. They saluted and obeyed.

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Most recently, Fuad was released in April 2012. He was imprisoned for 10 months uncharged.

In 2008, he said:

"The Israeli occupation targets every Palestinian who talks about Palestine and works for Palestine. The occupation targets the trees, and the stones, so it's no wonder that they target every person who defends human rights and the rights of the Palestinian people." 

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