Has The PA Become Redundant? Gigantic Failure. Ignominious Behavior
21 April 2015
By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
Last night, Israeli occupation troops swooped on the northern
West Bank town of Nablus, rounding up as many as 30 Palestinian activists and
community leaders, including intellectuals, university professors, college
students and business people. As always, the sweeping detentions were carried
out in coordination with PA security personnel who looked on passively as
crack Israeli soldiers raided homes, vandalized property and beat innocent
Israel didn't give convincing reasons for the latest campaign of arrests;
apart from saying the measure was preventive and mainly intended to prevent
Hamas from undermining the PA regime.
Israel, ruled by supremacist and megalomaniac Jews who think that no country
or entity under the sun has a right to criticize Israel's appalling
maltreatment of the Palestinians, believes it has an unending free season on
According to this morbid, racist thinking, this state of affair allows the
apartheid state to kill, torture and detain Palestinians for as many years as
Israel deems fit, all without charge or trial and without having to answer to
anyone. In short, Israel is judge and enemy.
For several months now, the Israeli occupation army has been resorting to the
draconian collective punishment of demolishing Palestinian homes in various
parts of the West Bank. The extremely callous and unjust practice is intended
to prevent Palestinian demographic expansion, especially in the so-called
Area-C, which constitutes more than 65% of the occupied territories. As we
all know, Israel covets this part of the West Bank as part of its unrelenting
efforts to liquidate the Palestinian question and eliminate any remaining
possibility for creating a viable and territorially contiguous Palestinian
Again, the PA contents itself with merely watching the act of rape unfold,
while listening to the cries of pain from the helpless victims.
In the meanwhile, Israel continues its inhumane policy of preventing
Palestinians from traveling between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, causing
untold misery to ordinary families and spouses, cut off from each other.
Israel is maintaining a harsh blockade of the coastal enclave, triggering a
true human catastrophe of phenomenal proportions.
In summer, Israel destroyed tens of thousands of homes in Gaza, causing
hundreds of thousands to go homeless. Israel, which murdered more than 3000
Palestinians, including some 500 children, in last summer's aggression on
Gaza, continued to murder and maim Palestinians, including fishermen almost
on a daily basis.
There are a thousand daily tragedies afflicting ordinary Palestinians as a
result of sustained Israeli policies, aimed at tormenting ordinary people and
narrowing their horizons to the point of making them contemplate emigrating
This is coupled with rampant unemployment and abject poverty, unprecedented
since the start of the Israeli occupation 47 years ago.
It is widely believed that more than 50,000 college graduates in the West
Bank alone are totally jobless, with many of them considering emigration to
Europe, North America or Australia. Others may well be prompted to join
resistance groups, including the violent ones, not necessarily out of
ideological convictions but rather as an escape from their dire living
Indeed, as a result of growing poverty, coupled with a clarion PA failure to
create jobs, many young Palestinians are seeking work in Jewish settlements
in the West Bank.
Again, the PA plays blind, deaf and dumb, totally ignoring this scandal, at a
time when PA officials fill the ether with complaints about Jewish settlement
expansion in the West Bank, a fact that has effectively killed any remaining
chances for establishing a viable Palestinian state worthy of the name.
The rampant poverty coincides with a phenomenal growth of despondency and
hopelessness on the part of many Palestinians, especially the younger
A few weeks ago, a young university graduate from Hebron, who holds a B.Sc in
Chemistry told this writer that "Our ambitions and aspirations are not what
they were a few years ago."
"A few years ago, we were thinking about liberating our land and freeing our
people from Israeli occupation. Now the utmost we dream of is to obtain a
work permit in Israel in order to be able to live a decent life."
When the PA was created more than 20 years ago, as a result of the hapless
Oslo Accords, Palestinians were told that that the PA would be the first step
toward the establishment of an independent state with Jerusalem as its
Now, with the two-state solution thoroughly and probably irreversibly
eliminated thanks to the ubiquitous proliferation of Jewish settlements, it
is amply clear that the PA, a corruption-ridden entity, has effectively lost
its raison d'ętre.
Indeed, not only has the two-state solution become more remote and more
unlikely than ever, the PA itself has also proven so impotent and incompetent
in enabling ordinary people to withstand Israel's ethnic cleansing efforts,
widely expected to increase in pace and brutality, especially after the
formation of the new Israeli government, which most observers believe will be
the most fascist in Israel's entire history. In fact, initial expressions of
this fascist extremism are already manifesting themselves in virtually daily
occurrences of land- grabs in area C and also in brazen gang-style assaults
by paramilitary settlers on unprotected Palestinian peasants and farmers.
All in all, the PA itself, far from helping the Palestinians withstand
Israeli oppression and ethnic cleansing, is actually doing the opposite, more
or less becoming a vanquished supplicant begging Israeli good will and
imploring the callous Israeli leadership to pay Palestinian tax and customs
revenues, collected by the Zionist state on behalf of the PA, pursuant the
infamous Paris economic protocol of 1943.
Notwithstanding its political and economic failures, the PA often seeks to
justify itself from the "security: view point, by arresting and cracking down
on dissent among Palestinians.
A young wife from the village of Ithna, west of Hebron, last week intimated
to this writer that PA security personnel "beat and humiliated us without any
"They came to arrest my husband. They terrorized us by pounding on the door
with their military boots. And when we opened the door for them, they ganged
up on my husband like vicious beasts as if he were a serial killer. And when
I asked them to stop it, they started cursing the Almighty."
This is by no means an isolated incident reflecting a single rotten apple
spoiling the entire bunch. Unfortunately, this unlawful and unethical
behavior seems to represent the norm, not the exception.
It is unlikely that such behavior occurs without the knowledge of security
chiefs and the political leaderships.
But it is highly likely that the PA leadership is more concerned for
satisfying Israeli security whims than maintaining the human rights and
personal dignity of its own people. Otherwise, what would make the PA reach
this extent in tormenting Palestinians and violating their rights and
liberties… other than wanting to receive a certificate of good conduct from
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs
commentator living in occupied Palestine