A Time to Kill, And a Time to Heal

DAVID BLUMENFELD for TIME

CAPTIVE: Palestinian prisoners in their cell in Shikma''s Block 8

Khaled Mardawi has blood on his hands. In 1992, in his West Bank home village near Nablus, the Hamas activist executed a man he suspected of collaborating with the Israelis. An Israeli court sentenced Mardawi to life in Block 8, the high-security wing of Shikma Prison, on the outskirts of the drab seaside town of Ashkelon on Israel's central plain. These days, Mardawi, a trim 40-year-old with a close-cropped gray beard, says he rejects violence. "We can't crush the Israelis and they can't crush us," he admits, sitting on a rough brown blanket on his metal bunk. "You can't crush an...

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