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Friday, November 07, 2003

ISM and Abu REUTERS hard at work

Activists from the international solidarity movement try to stop an Israeli army bulldozer from closing the entrance to the Balata refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Nablus, November 7, 2003. Israeli soldiers killed a 10-year-old Palestinian boy and three militants in the Gaza Strip Friday as Israel took its first steps in the West Bank toward putting into motion a promised easing of a blockade. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
FACT is, two days ago, on Wednesday, Nov. 5th, the IDF removed troops from around all Arab cities except for Nablus and Jenin, where warnings of possible attacks were high. They permitted the passage of private vehicles and public transportation throughout the area.

During the previous week, 15,500 Arab workers and traders were permitted to enter Israel from Gaza and the "West Bank."

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AP in on the act as well

Uninteresting - and just plain bad - photo gets 139-word caption
The separation fence Israel is building, is seen from the window of a house in the northern West Bank village of Jubara, near the city of Tulkarem, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2003. The people of Jubara are trapped in a tiny pocket of land between Israel and the 'security' barrier, given only sporadic access to their schools, clinics and fields across the fence and now everyone must apply for a special permit to remain in the village or risk expulsion from their homes. The new restrictions, which affect nearly 7,500 Palestinians living in villages in what Israel calls the ''seam zone,'' created by periodically dipping into the West Bank, appear to be the first of their kind since Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast War, according to the United Nations (news - web sites). (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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