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.
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.
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.