The rival Fatah party rules the West Bank but the territories have witnessed the worst clashes between security forces of the Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas and protesters over the week.
On Friday, the West Bank experienced military raids of extraordinary proportions compared to recent years after protests were held in Ramallah, Nablus and al-Khalil to mark the 31st anniversary of Hamas.
Local police fired into the air and beat demonstrators after participants raised a Hamas flag and refused to wave Fatah and other flags.
Further incidents in which three Israelis, including two soldiers, were killed near settlements in the West Bank have reinforced the patriotic image of the resistance movement because they have been associated with a Hamas cell.
In contrast, the Palestinian Authority’s image has been established as the “subcontractor of the occupation,” with its security forces working in the shadow of Israeli troops.
Palestinian police always disappear whenever Israeli troops raid neighborhoods in the West Bank, breaking into shops and homes and shooting at stone-throwing young people.
Under the Oslo Accords of 1993, the Palestinian National Security Forces are prohibited from defending their compatriots from Israeli military attacks.
Israeli troops arrested 18 Palestinians on Monday, taking the total number of those detained in the West Bank since last Sunday to more than 300.
“Two Palestinian homes have been demolished since last week,” she said, referring to Tel Aviv’s policy of razing the houses of those it accuses of violence against Israeli troops or civilians.
On Saturday, Israeli forces blew up a house in the al-Am’ari refugee camp in Ramallah, owned by the mother of Islam Abu Hamid who is in prison.