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The pattern is painfully familiar — men, mostly young, are gunned down, often in broad daylight, in Palestinian towns or mixed cities inside Israel. Police rarely seem able to stop these crimes or catch their perpetrators. Many residents believe this inability to solve such crimes is an intentional act aimed at ensuring Palestinian communities are mired in crime and poverty, unable to fight for their civil rights and end state discrimination that has contributed to the gun violence epidemic plaguing these neighborhoods.
With days left to submit lists of individuals running for the Palestinian parliamentary elections, President Mahmoud Abbas and his loyalists are doing everything feasible to ensure Fatah runs on a united platform. But challengers are emerging to his long-time hold on power.