Middle East: New Tensions on the West Bank

Israel seeks to impose its own brand of Palestinian self-rule

The midnight knock on the door came shortly after George Qamsiyeh noticed one day last week that his two-story house was surrounded by Israeli soldiers. Once inside, an officer impatiently read a military decree ordering his squad to demolish the house and confiscate the land. Qamsiyeh's son Walid had been arrested the night before, and had purportedly confessed to throwing molotov cocktails at an Israeli bus. At gunpoint, the father was urged to sign the order and given 90 minutes to evacuate his family and their belongings. At 2:07 a.m.,...

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