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WORLD
March 19, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - As Israelis roll out new red carpet and line streets with American flags for President Obama's visit, the U.S. leader faces a decidedly less enthusiastic reception in the West Bank, where the mood ranges from ho-hum to don't come. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters called on Obama to cancel visits to Ramallah and Bethlehem, complaining that the president had failed to do enough to bring them statehood. Posters of Obama that had been hung along the streets of Ramallah in recent days were defaced Tuesday with spray-painted Xs or, in one case, a swastika.
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OPINION
April 6, 1986 | JONATHAN KUTTAB, Jonathan Kuttab is director of Law in the Service of Man, a Palestinian human rights organization on the West Bank.
The practice of law for an attorney in the Israeli occupied territories is a very frustrating job because the vast majority of human rights violations that occur here are in fact permitted by military jurisprudence. Thus when attorneys encounter instances of clear injustice they are totally incapable of redressing them. To add to the frustration, the authorities make every attempt to give the appearance of strictly following procedure when addressing these violations.
WORLD
December 29, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
For months many Israelis shrugged off the mosque burnings, the uprooted Palestinian olive trees and even the death threats against Jewish leftists. But when young settlers this month vandalized army bases and stoned Israeli soldiers, the question of Jewish terrorism turned into a national emergency. The recent flare-up in settler violence has puzzled many because it comes when there are no peace talks that might lead to land concessions, Palestinian attacks in the West Bank have dropped to new lows, and Israel is led by a conservative government that is expanding settlement construction.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2006 | Kais Nashef, Special to The Times
'Paradise Now,' a nominee for best foreign-language film, tracks the lives of two Palestinian men as they prepare to become suicide bombers. To play one of the pair, Kais Nashef, a Palestinian who lives in Tel Aviv, spent three months of 2004 in the West Bank city of Nablus. Nashef was immediately drawn into the life of the city, and he offers this account of working in the film's bleak, turbulent setting. SITUATION 1 Cab ride on the day of arrival, from the checkpoint to the hotel.
WORLD
June 1, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Tension between Palestinian factions exploded in their worst violence in nearly two years as a paramilitary police raid Sunday in the West Bank left six people dead. The clash underscored the risks for the Palestinian Authority as it moves forcefully, with fresh encouragement from President Obama, to disarm militants intent on attacking Israel. Hamas, the Islamic group that governs the Gaza Strip, said the clampdown on one of its armed cells would bring "tough and harsh reprisal" against the U.
WORLD
March 21, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager and critically injured another Saturday after a clash between Jewish settlers and Palestinians over a West Bank water well, officials said. It marks some of the worst such violence in more than a year and comes at a time of heightened tensions over Israeli settlements. Feuding between Palestinians and Jewish settlers over a spring at Iraq Burin village near the city of Nablus has occurred almost weekly. Palestinians accuse the settlers of trying to take control of the spring.
WORLD
April 25, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
An Israeli man was killed and three others wounded Sunday when a Palestinian security officer opened fire on a convoy of ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers who had entered a religious site in a Palestinian-administered area without permission and then ignored orders to stop, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Jewish worshippers were attempting to make an unauthorized predawn pilgrimage to Joseph's Tomb, located in the West Bank city of Nablus. The incident threatened to further heighten tensions in the West Bank between Jewish settlers and Palestinians.
WORLD
April 18, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Israeli security officials said Sunday that they had arrested two Palestinian teenagers as suspects in the grisly slayings last month of five members of a Jewish family, including three children, as they slept in their West Bank settlement home. Military officials said Hakim Awad, 17, and Amjad Awad, 18, who are cousins, confessed to the killings. Local Palestinian officials said they suspected the confessions were coerced and complained that the two students had not had access to attorneys or family members.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Thrusting an outsider into the turmoil of the West Bank, the French-Canadian director Anais Barbeau-Lavalette builds a persuasive sensory immediacy in "Inch'Allah," even as her story grows increasingly contrived. At the center of the drama is Chloe (Evelyne Brochu), a young Quebecois obstetrician working in a Palestinian refugee camp. Her daily crossings between her apartment in Jerusalem and her job are exercises in dislocation, and she never quite comes into focus. In Palestine she grows close to one of her patients (Sabrina Ouazani)
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