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The Cave People of Palestine

Many Palestinians are forced to live underground By Maher Abukhater On a remote, barren hill overlooking Jordan Valley in the south of Palestine, Fadel Hamamdeh had set up a home in a cave. Hamamdeh, his wife and five children had been living in the cave since the Israeli military authorities told them that their two-room metal

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Israel Says “No” to Middle East Peace Conference in Paris

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, Nov 7 – Israel on Monday formally rejected France’s invitation to take part in a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year, saying it was a distraction from the goal of direct negotiations with the Palestinians. At a meeting in Jerusalem with Israel’s acting national security adviser and Prime

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Palestine: Restricted Movement

Israel bans disabled Palestinian athletes from traveling. BY Sami Abu Salem A few Palestinian basketballers exercise at the Palestine Sports Club in the coastal city of Gaza. The game is intense and the players seem to be enjoying it, despite the extra physical effort they have to exert pushing their wheelchairs with one hand and

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Israel Says Attack on Jerusalem Bus was Hamas Suicide Bombing

JERUSALEM, April 21 – Israel said on Thursday that an attack on a Jerusalem bus this week that wounded 15 people was a suicide bombing, the first such attack in years. Suicide bombings on Israeli buses were a hallmark of the Palestinian revolt of 2000-2005 but have been rare since. A spate of stabbings, car-rammings

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Israeli Troops Spark Fire During Raid on Palestinian Business

EL BIREH, West Bank, April 14 – Israeli troops sparked a fire that gutted about 10 Palestinian shops on Thursday after they tried to blow open safes in a raid on a money-changing office suspected of handling funds for militants. The fire brigade in El Bireh, in the occupied West Bank, said no one was

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Child Labor Rises in Gaza Amid Soaring Unemployment

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, March 30 – Child labor has risen sharply in Gaza, where youngsters toiling in garages and on construction sites have become breadwinners for families feeling the brunt of the Palestinian enclave’s 43 percent unemployment rate. In the past five years, the number of working children between the ages of 10 and

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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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Netanyahu Cabinet at Odds Over Murder Probe of Soldier in Hebron Shooting

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, March 27 – An Israeli army murder inquiry into a soldier’s killing of a supine and wounded Palestinian assailant, the first such legal proceedings in six months of street violence, triggered friction on Sunday within Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Video taken by Israel’s B’Tselem human rights group showed the infantryman

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Two Palestinians Who Stabbed Israeli Soldier Shot Dead in West Bank

JERUSALEM, March 24 – Two Palestinian assailants who attacked an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank town of Hebron on Thursday were shot dead by other troops at the scene, the military said in a statement. The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the deaths of two men but gave no further details. “Two assailants stabbed

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