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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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Israeli Officer Kills Palestinian Who Tried to Stab Him – Police

Nov 25 – An Israeli security officer shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab him at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the Palestinian approached the officer, pulled a knife from under his shirt and lunged at him. The assailant was shot during the struggle,

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Israeli Ministers Defy Netanyahu Over Settlement Evacuation

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Nov 14 – An Israeli ministerial committee on Sunday defied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and voted to support a bill to allow settlers in the occupied West Bank to remain in homes built on privately owned Palestinian land. Israel’s Supreme Court had ruled the government must evacuate a few dozen families

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In a West Bank Refugee Camp, Political Struggle Turns to Violence

By Luke Baker BALATA REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank, Nov 3 – Hundreds of bullet holes scar the concrete walls, shop fronts and trash-strewn alleys of Balata, the West Bank’s largest refugee camp, the result of furious clashes earlier this week between Palestinian security forces and local gunmen. The heavily armed force came before dawn on

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Rights Group Wants Settlement Soccer Clubs to Relocate Inside Israel

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Sept 26  – A human rights group urged soccer’s governing body, FIFA, on Monday to move matches being played by Israeli teams in the occupied West Bank to Israel, saying that playing in Jewish settlements meant they were playing on stolen land. The six clubs named by Human Rights Watch are

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Palestinian Assailant with Knife Shot Dead in West Bank

HEBRON, West Bank, Sept 20 – A Palestinian who tried to stab an Israeli soldier was shot dead on Tuesday and an Israeli aircraft intercepted a drone launched by Hamas, the army said, as violence surges in the run-up to next month’s Jewish new year holiday. The attempted stabbing took place outside Bani Na’im, a

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In Gaza and West Bank, Palestinian Journalists Fear Squeeze on Free Press

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sept 19 – On Sept. 1, half a dozen Hamas security officials called at the home of Mohammed Othman, a young journalist in Gaza who had written several probing articles. They seized two laptops, two mobile phones and took Othman away for questioning. Twenty-four hours later,

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Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Assailant, Police say, as Violence Surges

JERUSALEM, Sept 19 – Israeli forces killed two Palestinian assailants in the West Bank on Monday, police said, and two Israeli police officers were stabbed in East Jerusalem in a resurgence of violence now into its fourth day. Palestinian street attacks that began nearly a year ago had largely waned in recent months, but a

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West Bank Court Rules Against Holding Local Palestinian Election

By Ali Sawafta and Nidal al-Mughrabi RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA, Sept 8  – The Palestinian high court in Ramallah has ruled that municipal elections scheduled for Oct. 8 cannot go ahead after a dispute over party lists and the inability to hold the vote in East Jerusalem, which has been annexed by Israel. The elections would

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