Middle East Death Comes to an Occupied Land

A season of protests and bloodshed returns to the West Bank

When Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited the occupied West Bank last week, he was taken to task by a local Palestinian Arab. "If the (Jewish) settlers start beating our boys, Israeli soldiers watch and do nothing," complained Abdullah Sa'afin, 24. "But if one of our boys throws a stone, we get live bullets directed at the chests of our children."

The remark was prompted by the death of a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy named Ramadan Zeitun, who was shot last week during disturbances at the Balata refugee camp near the West Bank town of Nablus. At first it was assumed that...

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