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Israel Says Half-Year Surge in Palestinian Street Violence Wanes

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, April 10 – A half-year-long surge in Palestinian street attacks against Israelis is waning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, while Hamas accused the U.S.-backed Palestinian leadership of treachery for helping Israel stem the violence. Since October, Palestinians have killed 28 Israelis and two U.S. citizens in knife, car-ramming and

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Gaza’s Pesky Pesticides

Produce in strip isn’t what it used to be—but residents have no choice but to buy what is available to them BY Sami Abu Salem In Jabalia market, north of Gaza City, Mohammed Okasha, 42, moves between the stalls of vegetables wearily inspecting piles of tomatoes, cucumber, potatoes and other vegetables. Okasha suspects that the products

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Gaza: No Way Out

Animals need food, but money is scarce and the borders are blocked By Sami Abu Salem In Khan Younis, south of Gaza, empty cages in the city’s sole zoo have been overtaken by untrimmed grass and dirt. An eerie silence fills the once bustling tourist attraction, home to a wide variety of wild animals, including

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Palestine: The Lone Ranger

A Palestinian woman is determined to stay in her home despite settlers’ intimidation tactics By Maher Abukhater When Jamila Shalaldeh got married in 1988, she did not know that leaving her small town and moving to the city of Hebron, south of the West Bank, would be a terrifying and challenging experience for her and

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Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian After Soldiers Attacked in West Bank

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 1 – Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank as troops fought to rescue two soldiers who the army said on Tuesday were attacked after straying into a refugee camp. The Palestinian Red Crescent said a 22-year-old man died of gunshot wounds and six

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Iran to Pay Families of Killed Palestinians – Ambassador in Beirut

BEIRUT, Feb 24 – Iran will pay thousands of dollars to families of Palestinians killed in a wave of anti-Israeli protests and violence, or whose homes have been demolished by Israel, Tehran’s ambassador to Lebanon said on Wednesday. Scores of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis have been killed in five months of street violence. Palestinians

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Gaza: Secrets and Lies

The Photographer, a play staged in Gaza, evokes Palestinian nostalgia BY Sami Abu Salem The 800 seats at Rashad Shawwa Cultural Center’s old theater in Gaza City were all taken, with dozens of people standing at the back or sitting on the floor, waiting for the curtains to open and the lights to be dimmed

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A Taste from the Past

Gaza City’s traditional bakery flourishes amid electricity crisis BY Sami Abu Salem Columns of black and white smoke entwine in the air forming abstract lines that soon fade into a cloudy sky. The aroma of freshly baked bread in Gaza City’s last-standing traditional bakery wafts in and makes your stomach growl. Gazans from all walks

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Israel To Consider Invitation to Peace Talks with Palestinians

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Jan 30 – Israel would consider a French invitation to peace talks with the Palestinians, but believes France has made a mistake by saying it will recognize a Palestinian state if the talks fail, an Israeli government official said on Saturday. “If and when we get an invitation to a conference,

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U.N. Chief Slams Israel for “Provocative Acts”

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday slammed Israel’s settlement activities as “provocative acts” that raise questions about the nation’s commitment to a two-state solution amid growing Palestinian frustration over nearly 50 years of occupation. The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East

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