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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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Netanyahu Rejects French Ultimatum on Palestinian Statehood

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Jan 31- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for a more “sober” approach towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in dismissing a French peace initiative as only encouraging Palestinians to shun compromise. The proposal on Friday by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for an international peace conference was the latest sign

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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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Netanyahu Seeks to Return Army-Evicted Settlers to West Bank Houses

JERUSALEM, Jan 24 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would allow Jewish settlers evicted by the Israeli army from two houses in the West Bank city of Hebron to return once proper permits were in place. Israeli settlements in occupied territory, deemed illegal by most countries, are a fundamental issue in the

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13-year-old Palestinian Girl Shot Dead for Trying to Stab Israeli Guard

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 24 – A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead on Saturday by an Israeli security guard she tried to stab at a settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Israeli police said. Hours later, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came out against Palestinian groups he said were encouraging youth to

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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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Hebrew Graffiti at Jerusalem Monastery Threatens Christians

JERUSALEM, Jan 17 – Israel ordered a high-priority police investigation on Sunday into anti-Christian messages scrawled in Hebrew on the walls and doors of a Jerusalem monastery, saying they marked an assault on religious harmony. “Idols will be extirpated” – a line lifted from the Jewish prayer service – and “Christians Go to Hell” were

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Palestinians Arrest Negotiations Aide Suspected of Spying for Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 17 – Palestinian officials said on Sunday they had arrested a member of their peace negotiating department for spying for Israel, a development likely to deepen distrust between the sides at a time of deadlocked diplomacy and simmering street violence. The man, whose name was not released, is part of the

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