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Imagine living in a country like this and putting up with it. Imagine being Jewish, unaware of what's happening, or knowing and not caring. 

Imagine being Palestinian and enduring this for 45 years and counting. Imagine West Bank PA leaders acting more like enemies than allies.

They're stooges for Israel's occupation. They derive generous benefits for services provided. They make Benedict Arnold types look respectable by comparison. 

They're collaborationists on the same level with Quisling. He ended up paying for his crimes. He was tried and found guilty of murder, high treason and embezzlement. He was executed by firing squad. 

The term quisling became synonymous with traitor. Back-stabbing your own people is bad enough. Doing it while claiming to represent them constitutes a high crime against humanity.

On September 19, Electronic Intifada contributor Charlotte Silver provided one of many examples. Her article headlined "Leaked documents show PA outsourced Palestinian land and rights to Turkish firm," saying:

One Palestinian family contested what's going on. It's "tak(ing) on the (PA's) intention to build an industrial zone on their farmland in Jalameh, a village just outside Jenin."

Attorney Daoud Darawi represents them. The case involves many more families. Perhaps areas across the West Bank and East Jerusalem are affected.

If built, the Jenin-area project will be foreign owned. A dangerous precedent will be set. Palestinians have no say about land they own. PA leaders spurn them.

"The land in question lies in the Marj Ibn Amer Valley." It's valued for two conflicting reasons. It's "strategically position(ed) for export trade"." At the same time, it arable quality is excellent. 

If commercially developed, it'll be lost forever. Palestinians will be prohibited from entering their own land. Blame the Abbas/Fayyad government if this happens. They're traitors selling out their own people.

Jenin was targeted for development years earlier. Industrial zones were a component of Oslo. Some families sold their land willingly. Others refused. 

It's their land and their choice. At least, that's how it should be. "In response, in 2000, the PA expropriated all" contested land. It comprised about 933 dunums. It said doing so was for "public use."

It transferred it to a newly created Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zone Authority (PIEFZA). At issue is free for whom? What about owners having their properly taken against their will?

Since the 1980s, Israel adopted Western-style exploitive neoliberal practices. The PA "enthusiastically adopted" similar ones. It promotes profiteering at the expense of individual rights.

Elite interests only matter. Ordinary Palestinians are marginalized, deprived, hung out to dry, and driven from their own land. PA-enforced profiting at their expense is policy.

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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