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April 8, 2002 | From Reuters
Pope John Paul II, leading world prayers for peace in the Middle East, urged Palestinians and Israelis on Sunday to free themselves from the "thirst for vendetta" and return to the negotiating table. The pope made his appeal as details emerged of a proposal by Vatican diplomats in the Holy Land to end a standoff at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, revered as Jesus' birthplace.
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April 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of demonstrators divided over the Middle East conflict battled in Paris on Sunday during a march against anti-Semitism, attacking journalists and stabbing a police officer before authorities dispersed them with tear gas. The clash at the historic Place de la Bastille occurred on the sidelines of a march by 50,000 people protesting a wave of attacks on Jewish schools, cemeteries and synagogues in France amid escalating violence in the Middle East.
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April 8, 2002 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his three decades covering wars in the Mideast, television producer Charles Enderlin has had his run-ins with Israeli soldiers--but never a nasty rebuff like the one he got last week. Trying to reach Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's besieged West Bank headquarters, Enderlin and his TV France 2 crew were turned back at an Israeli checkpoint. Before leaving, they tried to film the soldiers but were ordered to stop.
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April 7, 2002 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and CAROLYN COLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Israel's offensive in the West Bank met its fiercest resistance yet Saturday as armed Palestinian militants in the labyrinthine alleys of Nablus' old city and a seething refugee camp on the edge of Jenin fought off helicopters, tanks and bulldozers. At least 26 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were killed Saturday, most of them in the two Palestinian strongholds, as fighting intensified despite President Bush's demand for an Israeli withdrawal "without delay."
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April 7, 2002 | From Associated Press
Tens of thousands of activists marched through Paris and Rome on Saturday in protests demanding Israel stop its offensive in the West Bank and expressing solidarity with the Palestinians. More than 20,000 people marched here to the Place de la Bastille, where hundreds of police stood by. Some protesters carried shredded American flags and shouted slogans against Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
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April 7, 2002 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States may hope to enlist Arab nations to help negotiate a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians, but Arab leaders are so furious with the West, they have discussed boycotting meetings with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell when he visits the region this week. The message of anger and frustration was delivered Saturday in the form of a communique after an emergency foreign ministers meeting of the Arab League.
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April 7, 2002 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First came the Palestinian man with the white flag. Then, behind him, in groups of five, men just released from imprisonment in an Israeli army camp walked down the main avenue into Ramallah, hands in the air, shirts lifted to expose their stomachs. Jittery Israeli paratroopers in combat mode took up positions at an intersection and trained their weapons on the men. A tank and an armored personnel carrier backed them up.
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April 6, 2002 | From Reuters
From North Africa to the Persian Gulf, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets Friday, defying rubber bullets and tear gas to vent their anger against Israel's military offensive in the West Bank. Protests turned violent in Bahrain, where demonstrators attacked the U.S. Embassy, some breaking into the compound and smashing windows. Riot police in Jordan used water cannons to disperse protesters marching on the Israeli Embassy in Amman.
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April 6, 2002 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A week ago, when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon launched Israel's biggest military operation in the West Bank since 1967, he envisioned an open-ended assault on Palestinian gunmen and suicide bombers--one that might run as long as America's post-Sept. 11 campaign. Now the retired general's plan has been undermined--in part by his own miscalculations, in part by opposition from President Bush, an ally whose anti-terrorist crusade he identifies with his own.
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April 6, 2002 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli commanders of the troops surrounding the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem said Friday that they will wait as long as it takes to capture more than 140 Palestinians holed up inside, while protecting the ancient compound and its clergy.
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