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Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator. He provides enforcer services. He governs illegitimately. He usurped West Bank coup d'etat power. His presidential term expired in January 2009. 

He spurns new elections. In October, sham municipal ones were held. They were the first since 2005. Democracy wasn't on the ballot. Legitimate choice was excluded.

Half or more eligible voters stayed home. Low turnout revealed widespread apathy. Why support officials serving Israel. Abbas rigged things for them. 

Hamas opted out. A spokesman said "Our supporters understand that we are not participating, and therefore we expect them not to vote for anyone."

Fatah independent candidates were excluded. Pro-Israeli ones ran virtually unopposed. Abbas spurns general elections. He wanted local West Bank ones to renew Fatah support. Results left egg on his face.

Palestinians are stuck with him as long as he stays president. Likeminded pro-Israeli stooges await to replace him when he steps down.

Ayoub Smamasneh lives in Um Haroun, Sheikh Jarrah. His plight reflects thousands of other Palestinians. They're victims of Israeli ethnic cleansing. They live on land Israel wants. State authorities can't claim it legally. They steal it instead.

"To whom it may concern," he wrote. His family is threatened. He's lived in his home since 1964. He and his wife raised six children.

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In 2009, Israel's General Custodian told him his rental agreement won't be renewed. Israeli authorities sued him "to take ownership of (his) property via individuals they claim are descendants of (pre-1948) original Jewish owners."

Two judicial hearings were held. Evidence proving nearly 40 years of legitimate residency was dismissed out of hand. Leave by December 31 or be forced out, he was told.

"As far as we know," he said, "the property will be handed over to a right wing settler organization that has previously taken over properties in the neighborhood."

Israeli law reflects double standard illegitimacy. Palestinian land is stolen for Jewish development. "We are about to lose our home and be thrown out onto the street," he said.

"Forced eviction will not only be a human tragedy but also a political maneuver to strengthen and expedite" East Jerusalem settlement expansions.

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He called on readers and concerned people worldwide for support. Ongoing evictions affects others. On December 31, around 1,000 Palestinians got evacuation orders. 

Israel wants their land for military purposes. Wadi Maleh, Ein Hilwah, Wadi al-Faw, al-Maita, al-Burj, and other Jordan Valley areas are affected.

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In all fairness, it should be mentioned that all r... by Meqdad Taheri on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 8:23:34 AM