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Rogue Israeli Lawlessness - by Stephen Lendman

Israeli state terror!

Endless examples occur daily. Overnight Sunday, Maan News said Israeli forces raided homes of seven recently released prisoners as part of the October 18 exchange.

Notices were sent to Akram Mansour, Shadi Zayid and Ibrahim Yasin. They were ordered to report to Israeli intelligence for questioning.

In August 1979, Mansour was imprisoned for life. Before release, he participated in hunger strikes against harsh conditions for relief. Brain cancer's slowly killing him.

Nael and Fakhri Barghouthi's homes were also raided. Interrogation orders followed. Before release, Nael was Israel's longest serving Palestinian prisoner, held since April 1978 for alleged involvement in armed resistance. Israel criminalized his heroism.

Others affected included Adnan Zeid al-Kilani, Sumad Karaja, and Latuifa Abu Thiraa. Latuifa formerly was detained. 

Since June 1967, up to 700,000 Palestinians were imprisoned for wanting to live free in their own country on their own land in peace. Israel calls legitimate resistance terrorism. 

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Anyone accused without evidence can be detained indefinitely, including harsh isolation for months or years to break them.

Maan also said Israel continues to withhold Palestinian Authority (PA) tax revenue transfers. After accepting full UNESCO membership, they were blocked. About $100 million monthly is involved. They're vital funds PA officials need to operate, including to pay salaries to 150,000 employees.

PLO official Saeb Erekat described Israel's "blackmailing, bullying and stealing" Palestinian money. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz insisted on withholding funds as punishment for joining UNESCO and concluding (an unfulfilled) reconciliation agreement with Hamas.

Over the weekend, Palestinian sources said Israeli soldiers clashed with dozens of Palestinians in Silwan in East Jerusalem. Tear gas canisters and concussion grenades were fired directly at protesters. Area homes were affected. Mahmoud Atiyya was kidnapped. No injuries were reported.

On November 12, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said settler attacks rose 40% in 2011 compared to 2010. Dozens of injuries and extensive property damage resulted.

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Three Palestinians were killed, another 167 injured, and 127 more displaced. Over 10,000 olive trees were uprooted, damaged or destroyed. Settlers operate lawlessly with impunity. Even murder's rarely punished.

On November 14, a Haaretz editorial headlined, "Israeli leaders choosing personal interests over law," saying:

Government officials and prosecutors collaborate "with thieves and lawbreakers." Rather than protecting Palestinian landowner rights, state attorneys continue foot-dragging on issues relating to lawlessly seized land.

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