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April 21, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON and T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was 4 a.m. April 3 when the first Israeli soldiers crept into the Jenin refugee camp, the cinder-block houses looming pale and white in the darkness. Steeled to battle what they had been told was a garrison of armed terrorists, the soldiers advanced steadily northward through the camp, a riot of concrete buildings and narrow alleys sprawled over a gently sloping hillside.
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April 21, 2002 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israel pulled its forces out of the West Bank city of Nablus and parts of Ramallah on Saturday night, and officials said they will cooperate with a United Nations probe into the army's devastating attack on the Jenin refugee camp. The Israeli moves, however, did not include ending the siege of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah. They came as President Bush was meeting at Camp David with members of his national security team, including Secretary of State Colin L.
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April 21, 2002 | MEGAN GARVEY and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Myriad protest causes developed into a massive and peaceful show of support for the Palestinian people Saturday, as tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed Washington's downtown streets to criticize the Bush administration's Middle East policy. Scores of Palestinian flags waved above the crowd, and many marchers--representing a range of races, religions and ages--wore stickers proclaiming: "We are all Palestinians."
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April 21, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush huddled with his top security advisors at Camp David on Saturday to thrash out what to do about the Mideast maelstrom amid a growing perception that the crisis now boils down to the very existence of Israel alongside a Palestinian state--and finding one last formula to make that work. The summit in the tranquillity of the Maryland woods--attended by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, CIA Director George J.
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April 20, 2002 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty years ago, Israel set out to rearrange the geopolitical balance in the region by invading Lebanon. The result--for Israel, the Palestinians, the United States and the peace process--was a catastrophe whose lessons should not be forgotten by either the warriors or the peacemakers in the current West Bank conflict. The circumstances of the two military adventures are eerily similar. So is the cast of characters, as well as the high stakes involved for Washington.
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April 20, 2002 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER and MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Israeli troops finished their withdrawal from this West Bank town Friday, but encircled it with tanks, snipers and roadblocks as Palestinian residents continued digging through the rubble of an adjacent refugee camp for corpses. The Israeli army said it had completed its operations in the town and the camp, scenes of the bloodiest fighting in Israel's massive, three-week military sweep through Palestinian areas. No Israeli army forces could be seen in the streets Friday.
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April 14, 2002 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After weeks of resisting U.S. requests, Yasser Arafat on Saturday condemned all violence and terrorism carried out against civilians, leading Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to reschedule his meeting with the Palestinian Authority president for today at his besieged headquarters in the West Bank.
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April 14, 2002 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Razor wire curls around the nectarine and almond trees flowering in this tiny farming community a few yards from Israel's border with Lebanon. Farmers are buying guns. The children spend afternoons in bomb shelters. Bullet holes pockmark the local military base. And many families are thinking of leaving. "People are terrified now," said Haim Briton, 32, who heard shots whiz by his head last week as he tended his fruit trees growing along the border fence.
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April 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
The statement issued Saturday by Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat on the WAFA news agency, translated from Arabic: The Palestinian leadership and his excellency, President Arafat, express their deep condemnation for all terrorist activities, whether it is state terrorism, terrorism by a group or individual terrorism. This position comes from our steady principle that rejects using violence and terror against civilians as a way to achieve political goals.
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April 14, 2002 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In December 1998, shortly before he decided to run for president, then-Gov. George W. Bush made a three-day visit to Israel and came home with two indelible memories. One was of standing on the hill in the Galilee where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount, and reciting the words to "Amazing Grace." The other was of a helicopter tour over Israel's narrow 1967 boundaries and the occupied West Bank--a tour conducted personally by then-Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon.
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