Palestinians take to the streets of the West Bank against neoliberalism and economic dependency agreements with Israel
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The protests erupting in the West Bank against former World Bank Executive and unelected Palestinian 'Prime Minister' Salam Fayyad emphasise that national struggle and the fight for social liberation are intertwined. The Palestinian elite have sold their souls for the bribes Israel pay thems. In return the Palestinian Authority acts as Israel's agent in helping perpetuate the Occupation.
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It is no wonder that when the protests began to achieve a critical mass that Netanyahu rushed to send the equivalent of £250m in tax receipts to the PA to keep it afloat and urged European and US governments to do likewise.
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The PA is an invaluable ally of the Israeli occupation. It allows Palestinian faces to suppress the Palestinians without any apparent Israeli involvement. Not only is it cheaper economically but politically too it is more effectve. In return the Palestinians have their own city statelet in Ramallah (although Israeli security operates with impunity there and throughout Area A which it purportedly controls).
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That is why the slogans at the youth demonstration are so important, because Fayyad and Abbas have even less power than Quisling did in Norway. They are Bibi's Palestinian puppets, dancing on strings. The real enemy is the Zionist occupation.
Hebron Demonstrations Against PA
HEBRON, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinians protesting a rising cost of living in the West Bank pelted a government building with stones and burned tires in the streets on Monday, in a sign that a nascent movement against the Western-backed government could spiral out of control.The violence is likely to set alarm bells ringing, not least in Israel, where security chiefs have warned of the risk of unrest at a time of growing economic hardship coupled with total paralysis in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
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Riot police were deployed outside the building which was attacked in Hebron by more than a 100 youths. Elsewhere in the occupied West Bank protesters blocked the main entrances to cities, setting tires ablaze.
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Earlier on Monday more than a thousand Palestinians had joined a rally in Hebron, which is accustomed to violent confrontations with Israeli settlers but is not used to inter-Palestinian discord.
Public transport workers also staged a strike across the small territory to demand a cut in fuel costs, preventing many people from getting to their work, while a number of schools reported low attendance.
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Taxi drivers blocked the street in front of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's office in the West Bank administrative capital Ramallah, while dozens of youths urged him to "leave, leave," echoing a slogan made popular in the Arab Spring.
The West Bank protest movement kicked off last week, when the price of fuel was increased by five percent after key suppliers in Israel hiked their charges.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has welcomed the demonstrations, equating them with the Arab Spring and blaming Israeli policies for the economic turbulence.
However, public anger has so far been directed solely at his own administration rather than at Israel.
In a move that could spark further trouble, Palestinian Finance Minister Nabil Kassis said on Monday that civil servants earning over 2,000 shekels ($502) a month would only receive part of their August pay because of an on-going cash crisis.
The PA's financial woes, caused in part by a fall in aid donations, especially from Gulf states, has delayed salary payments for 153,000 civil servants several times already in 2012, with no solution in sight.
($1 = 3.979 shekels)
(Writing by Jihan Abdalla, additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah; editing by Crispian Balmer and Diana Abdallah)