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It's the Occupation, Stupid

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Public transportation across the West Bank is paralyzed. Thousands of drivers walked out. Tulkaren and Jericho residents also staged protests. Hundreds turned out.

One protest sign read:

"We're tired of hearing about reform".a council after another".a minister after another".and corruption that hasn't gone away."

General strike calls resonate. Unelected Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is a longtime Israeli collaborator. He's neoliberal, corporatist, and hardline. Rage targets him. He claims budget shortfall constraints. Palestinians want him out.

One youth spoke for others, saying:

"We'll do anything, throw rocks, to get rid of the Fayyad government. They call it sabotage, but we'll do whatever we need to get rid of him."

He agreed to resign to cool things down. Fellow longtime Israeli collaborator Abbas defended him. He's doing his job, he said.

At the same time, Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh asked Israel to amend the 1994 Paris Protocol. It's the Oslo Accords economic agreement. 

Abbas was chief negotiator. He sold out his people for benefits he derived. He got to be president. Israel rigged his election. He bears full responsibility.

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