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On January 3, Press TV headlined "Israel to increase arrests of Palestinians to prevent 'awakening,' " saying:

Israeli authorities plan new crackdowns. An unnamed security official said arrest operations "started in the past few days and will increase."

"There is a certain (Palestinian) awakening. As a consequence a decision was taken within the security establishment to increase intelligence activity and arrests among members of Hamas or activists against Israel."

A previous article discussed numerous West Bank incursions, attacks, arrests, and destruction of Palestinian property. January began like December ended.

Netanyahu escalated attacks on Palestinians. Extremist settlers do their part. So do PA enforcers. Israel calls ongoing operations routine. They target "grave disturbances."

Third Intifada talk resonates. "Palestinian youths in the city of al-Khalil have reportedly formed a group, called the National Union Battalions, with the aim of bringing about a third intifada in the occupied territories," said Press TV.

Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) members founded the group. It's premature to know what's planned or likely. Events bear watching.

Israel wants Jordan Valley areas Palestinian-free. Harsh crackdowns enforce policy. Nonviolent protesters are viciously attacked. Children are treated like adults. Women are treated like men. So are supportive Israeli and foreign activists.

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Beatings accompany arrests. Interrogations and detentions include torture, other abuse, intimidation, and humiliation.

On January 2, Maan New s headlined "Israeli forces order Jordan Valley evacuation for training," saying:

Dozens of Palestinians were ordered out of northern Valley areas. Around 1,000 residents are affected. They live in rural communities around Wadi al-Maleh.

They got 48 hours notice to leave. Otherwise they'll be forced out and fined.

Their homes are called "illegal structures." They violate "closed military zone" mandates. Last November, similar evacuations were ordered.

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Israel claims around 18% of West Bank land as closed military zones. Around 5,000 Palestinians live in military firing zones. Since 2010, Israel demolished 820 Palestinians homes they called illegal. Many more are targeted for elimination.

Israel wants Valley land Palestinian-free.

On January 3, Haaretz headlined "Palestinian owners barred from Jordan Valley land, while Israeli farmers profit."

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