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/ 3 June 2008

‘Israel killed my children’

Desmond Tutu stepped out of his armoured 4×4 and walked up to the Athamna family house in Beit Hanoun last week. Then the retired archbishop stopped and bowed his head in prayer for a minute. Before him was an alleyway that 18 months ago was filled with grieving relatives and neighbours and soaked in blood.

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/ 28 January 2008

‘We feel a little more free today’

Above the crowd of thousands floated a red mattress, still wrapped in plastic. Underneath, holding aloft their new purchase, Kayad Shalafa and his brother Said were returning through the sand dunes of northern Egypt. They walked back over the trampled barbed wire, past the placid Egyptian soldiers and on to the blackened hole in the concrete border wall they had walked through that morning from Gaza.

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/ 7 September 2007

Palestinians celebrate barrier victory

This week, in a rare victory for the barrier’s critics, Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the government to reroute the barrier away from Bil’in in Palestine, which should eventually allow villagers to reclaim some of the large slice of their farmland that has been cut off from them for nearly three years.

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/ 25 January 2007

Hamas one year on

The invitations described it as an opportunity for the "notable people" of Gaza to meet their prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader who was elected as Palestinian prime minister a year ago. Dressed in a suit and tie and with a red and white keffiyeh draped over his head and shoulders, Haniyeh spoke for an hour to an audience of Palestinian newspaper editors and local figures in Gaza City this week.