Middle East Day by Day with the Intifadeh

Defying Israel's rule, Palestinians become self-reliant

For 40 days, raw concrete walls and army patrols sealed off Jalazun from the world. The Palestinian refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank was under curfew as punishment for its violent contributions to the intifadeh (uprising). Electricity was cut; cooking gas dwindled. As the men languished at home, the women organized survival. Around 3 a.m. most days, groups of women sneaked out of the camp and hid in nearby villages. During the day, they bought scarce meat and vegetables; at night they slipped back into Jalazun to feed their families.

Life is a little easier in Jalazun since the...

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