"One blood, one enemy." That has been the spirit in West Bank. Anger is boiling over as Palestinians in West Bank feel they cannot sit back and watch their defenseless brethren get butchered. Unrest began in West Bank (East Jerusalem) after the murder of 17-year-old Muhammad Khdeir early July 2014 and ever since there have been several clashes between Palestinians and Israelis. After the start of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, there has been an eerie lull in West Bank - a state of shock and helplessness.
As a Palestinian from Gaza once described, the West Bankers are even more unfortunate than the Gazans. Gaza is under a single occupation - the Israeli occupation. The West Bank is under a double occupation - occupied by Israel and its ally, Mahmoud Abbas' PA. Major portions of West Bank are under Israeli occupation while smaller enclaves are nominally governed by the Palestinian Authority under Abbas. A widespread protest in West Bank in solidarity with Gaza could be still more brutal as the civilian population of West Bank would be punished by Israeli forces as well as their trained subordinates, the Palestinian police serving the PA. A small demonstration of 200 on July 16 was abruptly stopped by 80 armed, helmeted and shielded Palestinian policemen before it reached an illegal Israeli settlement nearby. Yet that suppression hasn't erased the grief and pain felt by the West Bankers for the mass murders in Gaza. "I'm a son of the Palestinian people, the Gazans are also Palestinians. Our message to the occupation is that we are one people, one blood and we have one enemy; the occupation is destroying Gaza and we have the right to resist through all means, from rocks to rockets." This was stated by Dia Ali, a resident of West Bank. Protesters carried Palestinian flags with signs "Stand by Gaza. Stop the genocide" and chanted, "Gaza you are sacrificing your blood for our dignity." A car among the demonstrators played a Hamas song.
After all, in the general elections of 2006, Hamas won a landslide victory in Palestine in both West Bank and Gaza, routing PA hollow. In fact majority of the votes in support of Hamas came from the West Bank. Yet, it's the PA that is at present illegally occupying the Ramallah compound and continues to rule at the behest of the West and Israel who were left red-faced over Hamas' victory. It's a bit like the Democrats getting defeated by the Republicans in the polls but the Dem president refusing to budge and continuing to govern from the Oval office. "Democracy" is upheld by the West only as long as it suits their interest. Otherwise, there are no such concepts as norms or principles and no amount of violations are unacceptable to protect that interest. Since 2006, the champions of "democracy" have secretly vowed never to talk about elections in Palestine again. They couldn't handle the truth and wasted no time strengthening the loser with support and money.
However, senior PA members have been warning of the risk that anger could any time get out of control as Palestinians of all walks of life are getting increasingly desperate at the continued suffering of the Gazans. But an all out uprising in West Bank is unlikely, not because the West Bankers are afraid of the chaos as erupted during the first and second Intifada. But because there are no funds, none to support them, no experienced leadership except the PA traitors who are with Israel and therefore no one to wisely plan a movement. People are generally called to stand in solidarity by social networking media like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Popular protests are often organized haphazardly with a low turnout in response to initiatives from young activists and civil society groups. That's as far as they can go under the circumstances. The Palestinian Authority is just as much their enemy as Israel.
What's urgently required is for the PA to immediately stop its security coordination with Israel, to speak to its own people to establish a strong political movement, contact the International Criminal Court immediately and send envoys around the world. But that is a far cry from the situation now. Probably in any case, such an initiation would be brutally quelled by Israel within the first couple of weeks. The situation at present is a picture of helplessness for all Palestinians - Gaza and West Bank alike - especially when we watch the deep slumber and treacherous snores of the oil-rich gulf leaders.
Since July 8, Israel has carried out hundreds of air raids in the Gaza Strip. Over 1,000 Palestinians have died until July 18 and more than 5,000 seriously wounded.
Do not miss the piece put up by Stuart Littlewood, July 26, "Britain dies of shame .. Why is Hamas banished to outer darkness?" at
Excerpt: " .... as Her Majesty’s Government plays the useful idiot to Israel’s crazed ambition. Today in London crowds are gathering to vent their anger in a mass demonstration and march to parliament to “stop the massacre in Gaza” and call for an arms embargo against Israel. This follows last weekend’s huge protest outside the Israeli embassy and campaigns against the BBC’s pro-Israel bias in reporting the assault on Gaza. There is growing resentment among British people at being endlessly shamed by their government’s complicity in the mega-injustices and non-stop crimes inflicted on the native people of the Holy Land, exemplified by Whitehall’s attempts to whitewash Israel’s latest genocidal offensive. And on this the 19th day of Israel’s blitzkrieg comes news of a brief humanitarian “pause”, after which the killing spree will continue while Israel attempts to eradicate Gaza’s tunnels.
A few days earlier Baroness Jenny Tonge, in the House of Lords, asked the government what action it planned to take to open diplomatic relations with Hamas, to which Baroness Warsi, Senior Minister of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, replied: 'Our policy towards Hamas is clear – we have no contact with Hamas, which is a proscribed terrorist organization. Hamas must renounce violence, recognize Israel and accept previously signed agreements. Hamas must make a credible movement towards these conditions, which remain the benchmark against which their intentions are judged, before we consider a change in our stance.' Warsi is a Muslim and should know better. How can anyone sensibly recognize Israel when it won’t agree its borders? Has she ever put it to the Israelis that they too must renounce violence, recognize Palestine and accept previously signed agreements – the benchmark against which their intentions will be judged?"
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