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No Relief for Palestine in New Year

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Israel wants Jordan Valley Palestinians out. It wants total area control. Resident rights are spurned. Growing numbers are impoverished. They hang on best they can. They struggle to retain what's rightfully theirs.

On December 30, Mondoweiss contributor Annie Robbins headlined "Rising rightwing in Israel is using violent provocation in West Bank to push annexation."

Settler violence "continues to escalate on a daily basis." Israel practically encourages it. Nothing is done to stop it. Settlement construction facilitates land theft. Palestinian dispossessions accompany it.

Abbas rhetorically complains. Threats about dismantling the PA if it continues, handing Netanyahu the keys to presidential headquarters, and threatening ICC action if diplomatic stalemate continues ring hollow.

At the same time, unprovoked Israeli attacks "continue unabated in the West Bank." The General Assembly "adopted nine resolutions condemning" them. Policies with teeth don't follow. Israel remains unaccountable.

Abbas is bluster without bite. He's not about to confront the hand that feeds him. He nears retirement. He amassed enormous stolen wealth. He wants to live comfortably when he steps down unharassed. Acquiescing to Israeli harshness assures it.

His enforcer services, rigged elections, and opposition to legitimate Intifada resistance show where he stands. He'll do nothing to block growing annexation of Palestinian land. He talks but stops short of acting. He's not about to lose everything he gained.

A Final Comment

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East Jerusalem's Issawiya village residents face unconscionable Israeli repression. They're a microcosm of institutionalized collective punishment.

In recent weeks, dozens were arrested. They've been brutally treated. Tensions escalated after Samer Issawi's arrest. He's a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) activist.

He was imprisoned for 10 years. Last October, he was freed with others in exchange for Gilat Shalit. In July, Israel rearrested him. He was bogusly charged. In August, he hunger struck for justice.

His condition deteriorated. Village residents support him. A solidarity march was organized. Clashes followed. So did mass arrests. At least 17 children were targeted.

Security forces terrorize village residents daily. Hani Issawi lives in Issawiya. "There's an intifada here," he says, "but it's" by police, not residents.

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"In the past (few) days, there have been no demonstrations, no marches, nothing, only police provocations."

Jerusalem police deny clear evidence of state-sponsored viciousness. Victims are blamed for Israeli crimes. 

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