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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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Renewed Fighting in Lebanon Palestinian Refugee Camp Kills One

BEIRUT, April 2 – One person was killed and others injured late on Friday in a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon after a dispute erupted into gunfire between rival political groups for the second time this week, Reuters witnesses and state media said. The outbreak of violence comes after two men were shot dead

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Gaza Siblings Killed in Israeli Air Strike After Militant Rockets Hit Israel

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, March 13 – A Palestinian boy and his sister were killed in Hamas-controlled Gaza on Saturday when they were hit by fragments from a missile fired by an Israeli aircraft, medical officials said. The incident took place hours after militants launched rockets into Israel. An Israeli military statement said aircraft had

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Gaza Audiences Enjoy First Night Out At The Movies In 20 Years

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Feb 29  – Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are enjoying their first night out at the movies since political tensions led to the torching of cinemas in the enclave 20 years ago. Hollywood blockbusters have yet to return and Hamas Islamists, who now rule Gaza, are looking out for anything they

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Palestine: The Road Ahead

Internal conflicts threaten Palestinian statehood BY  BEN WHITE On January 25, 2006, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip cast their votes for a new Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Hamas, which had not contested the previous PLC elections a decade earlier, was strongly tipped to do well. The U.S. had spent $2 million to

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Travel Agency in Isolated Gaza Recalls the “Golden” 1950s

By Nidal Al Mughrabi GAZA, Feb 6 – Nabil Shurafa’s travel agency in Gaza was once packed with clients booking flights to London, Paris, New York or cities across the Arab world. These days, he’s lucky if anyone comes in, as so few people can get out. The posters of the Eiffel Tower, the Statue

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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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Gaza Couples Get U.S.-Style Marriage Help Before Settling Down

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Jan 20 – Hesitant but curious, several Palestinian couples walked into a classroom in Gaza this week to attend the first marriage guidance programme in the conservative, Hamas-run enclave. The initiative, backed by three Palestinian ministries, the Islamic University and British-based charity Interpal, is designed to prepare young couples for married

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Stitching Dreams in Gaza

A former banker laid off from her job has found relief in embroidery BY Sami Abu Salem Palestinians in Gaza have had to turn to creative ways to earn a livelihood as the decade-long Israeli siege has led to dire economic situation. One such creative outlet—handicrafts—has seen a resurgence in the past few years; an abandoned

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