Israel’s rampage at close range

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The world is focused on Israel’s offensive against Palestinians in Gaza, with escalating air strikes and a massing of infantry units along the border for a threatened invasion in the wake of the discovery of the bodies of three teenaged settlers. But Israel’s use of violence and terror against Palestinians continues in the West Bank and Israel itself.

Shafeka Hashah has been staying with her family in the old city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Her cousin Niveen has been in Palestine since 2000 and lives in the village of Deir Dibwan, about five miles from Ramallah. They were interviewed by Jason Farbman of Socialist Worker about conditions where they live since Israel began intensifying its war on Palestinians nearly four weeks ago.

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