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The Palestinians have new narratives for unity and resistance

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In terms of state-building and diplomatic negotiations, the occupied West Bank has been perceived in starkly different terms from Gaza. With the international community funnelling financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority in the former, the concept of a fragmented Palestine has been duly enhanced. To the undiscerning, the PA represented pragmatism and progress, while Gaza was synonymous with Hamas, and underdevelopment.

And yet, the Palestinian people have demonstrated otherwise, with new narratives for unity and resistance. Drawing upon a long trajectory of unified resistance against colonial violence, they have been protesting regularly against both Israeli and PA violence, following PA leader Mahmoud Abbas's cancellation of all elections, the impending evictions of Sheikh Jarrah's residents in occupied Jerusalem, the most recent Israeli bombing of Gaza, and the PA's extrajudicial killing of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat.

The PA has kept up its........

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