Last week, the main al-Haras, Hebron police station was assaulted and vandalized. Israeli intelligence "saboteurs and provocateurs" were involved. Palestinians were blamed for their crimes.
PA West Bank control reflects "the biggest obstacle impeding the establishment of" sovereign Palestine and full de jure UN membership. It should have happened a generation ago. To this day it hasn't because PA officials won't institute steps enabling it to be accomplished.
In early September, Abbas told Israelis visiting Ramallah that the Jewish state "was created to last forever." He's Palestine's main problem. He collaborates against the interests of his own people.
On September 24, Haaretz contributor Amira Hass covered an aspect of the same issue. Her article headlined "The Palestinian Authority - devoid of any authority," saying:
Oslo was supposed to assure Palestinian self-government. Instead, it reinforced occupation harshness.
PA-run radio airs programming favorable to Israel. One talk show "provides airtime to family members of people imprisoned in Israel." They're brutally treated political prisoners. Their crime is praying to the wrong God and wanting to live free on their own land.
Broadcasts invert or downplay reality. Family members denied visitation rights make due with commenting on air about their loved ones.
Some settle for a brief " 'How are you, habibi? We're all fine. Don't worry about us. We hope you're taking care of yourself and your health, and that you'll be released soon - you and all the other prisoners.' "
Others comment at more length. Doing so obscures occupation harshness. Between talk shows and news, public service announcements are aired. They encourage people to pay electric bills. They claim "non-payment strengthens the occupation."
The common denominator of these broadcasts reflects what attorney Yael Barda covered in her book titled "The Bureaucracy of the Occupation: The Regime of Movement Permits 2000 - 2006."
She disputes Neve Gordon's conclusion in his book titled "Israel's Occupation." She summarizes his view, saying:
"Since the Oslo Accords, the force used against the Palestinians has changed and is now a sovereign power employing legal control by means of the law and policing forces; it does not intervene in civil decisions and does not distinguish between those who oppose the occupation and those who accept it ..."
Barda believes the following:- Advertisement -
"After the administrative and regional separation enacted as a result of the Oslo Accords, control over the lives of the Palestinians and interference in their civilian matters did not decrease; on the contrary, it grew."
Her view derives from extensive personal observations. She witnessed occupation harshness firsthand. It dominates Palestinian life ruthlessly. Fundamental human and civil rights are denied.