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Palestinians are not merely the PA's political appendages

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The Palestinian Authority has two ways of dealing with detainees and demonstrators. When the occasion arises, particularly if coordinated hunger strikes by Palestinian prisoners in Israel jails make international headlines, the PA has no qualms about appearing at demonstrations and calling for their release. These PR stunts by PA officials alongside the relatives of Palestinian prisoners are pathetic attempts to portray the leadership as being involved actively in anti-colonial resistance.

When the PA's security services are arresting Palestinians, however, and creating more prisoners, the narrative changes, because resistance from within against corruption and violence does not suit the illegitimate "leadership" in Ramallah. Suddenly, Palestinians become instigators to be rounded up, detained, beaten and even killed under legislation such as the Cybercrime Law, or within the context of Mahmoud Abbas's "sacred" security coordination with Israel.

The recent protests following the murder of Nizar Banat by the PA security services........

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