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Khaled Abu Toameh
Palestinian children hold banners reading in Arabic: "Palestine will not be a knife that slaughters Syria's children" during a protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
 

Posted on: July 17th, 2012

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The world has become used to hearing and watching stories about massacres against civilians in Syria. But until recently, almost all the victims were Syrian citizens.

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Mahmoud Abbas' real peace partner, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal
 

Posted on: July 12th, 2012

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Abbas is not interested in reaching any deal with Israel: he knows that such a move would require him to make concessions. Abbas knows that Israel will never give him 100% of his demands; that is enough for him to refuse to sign any historic agreement. Like Arafat, Abbas does not want to go down into history as the first Palestinian leader to make concessions, especially on sensitive issues such as refugees and Jerusalem.

Palestinians demonstrated in Ramallah against Palestinian Authority repression.
 

Posted on: July 9th, 2012

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In March last year, thousands of Palestinians, inspired by the "Arab Spring," launched their own protests in the West Bank to demand reforms, democracy, and regime change. But the Palestinian revolt was short-lived. Abbas's security forces, backed by Fatah thugs, attacked the young men and women who were protesting in the center of Ramallah, torching their tents and beating them with clubs and rifle butts.

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Lebanese soldiers oversee the removal of rubble from the Nahr el Bared Palestinian refugee camp.
 

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

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Like many Arab countries, Lebanon has always been treating Palestinians as third-class citizens. Nearly half a million Palestinians live in Lebanon's 12 camps. Though born and raised in the country, they are denied political, economic and social rights.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and his Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (R), shake hands during the swearing in ceremony of the new cabinet, at Abbas's headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, on 16 May 2012.
 

Posted on: June 18th, 2012

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In the short term, the Palestinian Authority may succeed in restoring law and order to areas under its control in the West Bank. But in the long term, its current clampdown will increase bitterness and frustration among a large number of Fatah gunmen and security officers who feel betrayed by Abbas.

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Palestinian women demonstrating
 

Posted on: June 10th, 2012

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Any land that is handed over to the Palestinian Authority would end up in the hands of Hamas.

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Palestinians demonstrating
 

Posted on: June 4th, 2012

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The Palestinians have been radicalized to a point where it is almost impossible to talk about peace and coexistence with Israel. For Palestinians, the true heroes are suicide bombers who blew themselves up in cafes and buses, killing innocent civilians. Peace activists, human rights advocates, moderates, journalists and reformers have almost no say and are often denounced as "traitors" and a "fifth column."

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King Abdullah of Jordan
 

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

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Today, most of the anti-regime demonstrations throughout the kingdom are being initiated and led by Muslim Brotherhood supporters whose goal is to turn Jordan into an Islamic republic. Many Arabs feel that President Barack Obama's endorsement of the Muslim Brotherhood has emboldened the Islamists and increased their appetite to drive moderate and secular rulers out of the Arab world.

Fatah and Hamas officials meet in Egypt for reconciliation talks
 

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

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In many ways, the status quo seems convenient for Fatah and Hamas. Fatah has a mini-state in the West Bank and is benefiting from hundreds of millions of dollars that are poured by international donors on Salam Fayyad's government. Hamas, for its part, is happy that it has exclusive control over the entire Gaza Strip, which has been turned into an independent Islamic emirate.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad heads a cabinet meeting in Ramallah
 

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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At a time when many Western governments, the World Bank, and various international organizations are continuing to heap praise on the Palestinian Authority for implementing reforms, the deputy speaker of the Palestinian parliament, Hasan Khreishah, announced that financial and administrative corruption was now more widespread than ever.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops during a demonstration at Qalandiya checkpoint
 

Posted on: May 13th, 2012

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The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate wants Palestinian journalists to serve as soldiers on behalf of the Palestinian cause. Journalists, according to the syndicate, should first and foremost be loyal to their president, prime minister, government, homeland, and cause. As for the truth, it appears at the bottom of the syndicate's list of priorities.

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Palestinians marching in memory of Israeli-Arab actor and director Juliano Mer Khamis who was shot and killed by a masked gunman during a rally in Ramallah
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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If the Western journalists and donors continue to ignore the reality on the ground, the West Bank could soon fall into the hands of gangsters and armed clans, as has been the case in Jenin -- among the main reasons the Palestinian Authority collapsed in the Gaza Strip in 2007, speeding the rise of Hamas to power.

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Palestinians burn an American flag in east Jerusalem
 

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

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As far as most Palestinians are concerned, the "friend of my enemy is my enemy." Palestinians hate the US because of its continued support for Israel. The Palestinians want the US to endorse all their demands and force Israel to give them everything. As one of the leaders of a recent anti-US demonstration explained, "The US will remain our enemy for as long as it does not fully support the Palestinians."

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
 

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Instead of going after top officials suspected of embezzling public funds and abusing their powers, the Palestinian Authority government has chosen to wage an unprecedented clampdown on those who dare to raise their voices in support of transparency and freedom of speech.

Israeli soldier is blocking left wing activist from entering a house in Hebron.
 

Posted on: April 27th, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Anti-Israel messages and campaigns serve only the radicals in this region who do not want either peace or coexistence. The time has come for the emergence of a genuine pro-Palestinian camp in the West that would focus less on Israel and more on helping the Palestinians.

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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jerusalem. April 17, 2012
 

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

In yet another sign of how the Palestinian Authority is radicalizing Palestinians and eventually dragging them toward another confrontation with Israel, the Palestinian Authority issued an order banning Palestinians from making direct contact with Israeli authorities in the West Bank on the same day that two Palestinian officials met in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu,

King Abdullah II of Jordan meets with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in 2012.
 

Posted on: April 17th, 2012

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More than 1,000 Palestinians who fled the violence in Syria and were hoping to find temporary shelter in Jordan, have been stranded along the border between Syria and Jordan for the past few weeks. The Jordanian authorities have thus far refused to allow them into the kingdom.

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Posted on: April 9th, 2012

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Abdel Khalik would have been more fortunate had she been arrested by Israel. Then she would have been depicted by the Western media as a hero and the UN Human Rights Council would have held an emergency session to condemn Israel and call for her immediate release.

Israeli Arab students at school in Acco
 

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012

InDepthAnalysis

Israel can play a role in undermining the radicals among its Arab community. The best way to weaken the radicals is by embracing the Arab citizens rather than alienating them. If Israel does not build a kindergarten or school in Nazareth, someone else will. And in this case, the someone else could be secular extremists or Muslim fundamentalists.

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