MIDDLE EAST: West Bank: The Cruelest Conflict

Two peoples, Jewish and Palestinian, struggle for an ancient homeland

Much of it looks today as it must have looked in the time of Jesus.

Gnarled, green olive trees cling to the arid slopes while vineyards thrive in the valleys watered by the Jordan River. Donkeys and bony oxen pull ploughs to cultivate laboriously terraced hillsides where farmers for generations have carefully cleared away rocks from the sere soil. Yet television antennas sprout incongruously from the roofs of houses in Arab villages, while women in colorfully embroidered dresses still gather to wash...

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