Wafa Amr
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/ 2 April 2008

Palestinian businesses look east to China

Faced with Israeli trade and travel restrictions, a stagnant economy and a flood of cheap imports from Asia, Palestinian businessmen are increasingly seeking their fortunes in China. Demand for Chinese visas among business owners in the occupied West Bank is so high that the Chinese consul regularly visits the city of Hebron to stamp their passports.

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/ 5 June 2007

Forty years on, Palestinians recall Israeli victory

Marking 40 years of Israeli occupation, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday internal fighting had brought Palestinians to the brink of civil war. Yet Abbas, recalling what he described as the Arabs’ ”great defeat” by Israel in six days of war that began on June 5 1967, assured his people that statehood was within reach.

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/ 30 November 2006

Abbas: Unity talks with Hamas at ‘dead end’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after meeting United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on a new push for Middle East peace, said on Thursday that talks on a unity government with Hamas had reached a ”dead end”. The US wants to strengthen Abbas, a moderate who has been caught in a power struggle with the Hamas Islamist group.

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/ 25 September 2006

Abbas puts off planned talks with Hamas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday put off talks with Hamas aimed at breaking a stalemate over forming a unity government, in a sign of deep internal divisions. Abbas’s aides had said the president was expected to travel to Gaza on Tuesday for talks with leaders of the ruling Hamas Islamist movement, including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.