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September 5, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
In a closely watched ruling, Israel's Supreme Court ordered the government Tuesday to reroute a milelong segment of its West Bank separation barrier, in effect restoring hundreds of acres of agricultural land that had been taken from a Palestinian village to give to Jewish settlers. The decision set a precedent by rejecting the government's argument that the barrier's routing could be justified to protect homes in a settlement that were planned but not yet built.
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August 8, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Israeli police with sledgehammers and chain saws broke into a fortified building in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday and dragged out more than 200 spitting, stone-throwing Jewish settlers who had defied a court order to leave. The violent showdown in the center of the city, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims, sparked debate in Israel over the source of authority for its army.
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August 7, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
With two army helicopters escorting his motorcade, Ehud Olmert ventured into the West Bank on Monday to discuss the most divisive issues of a possible peace settlement, the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to Palestinian territory in seven years. "I am delighted to see you," Olmert said, embracing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas inside a heavily guarded hotel in the city of Jericho.
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August 1, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
For 13 years, Hebron's Old City has been so carved up by fences, concrete barriers and Israeli army checkpoints that most of its shops have closed. Starting today, the new Palestinian leadership in the West Bank is waging a campaign to get them reopened. The initiative is part of a government program favoring nonviolent strategies against the Israeli occupation, a policy shift that has provoked fierce debate among Palestinians over how to achieve statehood.
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July 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two dozen gunmen firing into the air disrupted high school final exams in Nablus after education officials, leery of possible cheating, rejected their demand to take the tests in a separate room. The gunmen with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, many wanted by Israel, insisted on taking the test separately, citing security concerns. They forced about 550 students in two rooms to delay their tests for several hours. In the end, the gunmen agreed to take the finals with the other students.
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June 21, 2007 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
For much of the last week, Fatah gunmen in black masks have ruled the streets here, abducting rivals, looting or burning their property, and intimidating elected officials inside the Hamas-run City Hall. Demoralized by Hamas' military defeat of their comrades in the Gaza Strip, the gunmen are sowing retribution across the West Bank.
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June 19, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration moved quickly Monday to help Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas consolidate his hold on the West Bank, renewing millions of dollars of aid that will be parceled out by his Fatah-led government. In an effort to work around Abbas' militant Hamas rivals now controlling the Gaza Strip, the administration will make additional money available through the United Nations for refugee relief, mainly for the 1.5 million Palestinians who inhabit the troubled coastal strip.
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June 18, 2007 | Maher Abukhater and Richard Boudreaux, Special to The Times
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas installed an emergency government Sunday and declared the parliament led by his Hamas rivals powerless, a move that paves the way for an end to a Western financial embargo. U.S. officials said they expected aid to flow quickly to the West Bank, but the fate of residents in the Gaza Strip remained unclear after Hamas militants seized military control of the tiny coastal area last week.
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June 9, 2007 | From Reuters
Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager and wounded a man near here Friday, residents, medical personnel and the army said. Residents said the two were hunting at the time and were not known to be connected to any militant group. Medics said the dead youth was 17 and the wounded man is 25. An Israeli army spokesman said troops spotted a number of men firing weapons and targeted them. He said Palestinians carrying weapons were seen as a threat.
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March 9, 2007 | From Reuters
Israeli soldiers used an 11-year-old Palestinian girl as a "human shield" during an operation against militants in the West Bank city of Nablus last week, an Israeli human rights group said Thursday. The Israeli army said it was checking the report from the B'Tselem group, which monitors Israeli actions in the occupied territory. Israeli law bans the military from using human shields.
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