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Very warm applause for Abbas as he comes to the podium.

Speaking in Arabic, he says the Palestinians are facing relentless waves of attacks against them, and against their land. “Our people have become fixed targets” for attacks by settlers and the Israeli government.

The settlers’ attacks are the “inherent” consequence of occupation, and of a government that deems satisfying the settlers as a priority, Abbas says. He speaks of a “racist” climate in Israeli education. The Israeli security apparatus and the courts “provide excuse after excuse” for the settlers’ crimes and for soldiers’ “war crimes” including murder.

This is a very, very bitter beginning…

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