Even outside the areas under direct Israeli rule, Palestine is divided in two.
The Gaza strip is ruled by Hamas, while the West Bank is governed by the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority (PA).
Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, but Fatah managed to cling on to power in the West Bank.
Beesan is a Palestinian activist in the West Bank. She spoke to Socialist Worker about the struggle to support the people of Gaza and also the problems they face from the Israeli occupation and the PA’s policies.
“Any support for Gaza in the West Bank has to induce clashes with the occupier and open several fronts to stretch the military and take the pressure off Gaza,” she said.
“At the moment we haven’t had to push because clashes have erupted anyway. Intense clashes have not stopped for the last month over the West Bank including Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah.”
“People are also collecting money to give to Gaza. And we are working to provide alternative coverage to show people what is happening. There is a voluntary radio station and a news network.
“A few days ago some youths went and cut off electricity to three major settlements near Ramallah.
“But the PA has not stopped the arrests of Hamas in the West Bank. They have taken away a lot of the leaders and people who challenge them.
“Yet this also makes it harder to get the people to move against the PA because people argue that this is a time of war and not the time for conflict.
“Yet there is also some tension and opportunities. When people go to protest they are often stopped by the PA first and sometimes beaten and tear gassed.
“The PA have been getting the names of people injured in the clashes with the army so they can go to the hospitals to arrest them.”
“Locally we must try to keep the momentum going and intensify clashes with the army. This is the only tool that we have in the circumstances.
“Globally I think there should be something beyond solidarity. The Israeli embassies should be stopped from operating.
“There should also be more sanctions on Israel. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions should be emphasised.
“This is the time to get people more involved.”