Exile To Nowhere

Making heroes of fundamentalists was not what Israel had in mind

ISRAELI AUTHORITIES NEVER IMAGINED WHAT MEDIA stars they would make of 415 alleged Palestinian militants when they deported the lot to Lebanon two weeks ago. But celebrities they have become. The Lebanese government refused to grant asylum to the deportees, so the group spent the week shuffling through freezing weather between a checkpoint manned by the Lebanese army and another, three miles away, guarded by the Israelis and their proxy militia, the South Lebanon Army. At least two exiles were injured when the S.L.A. fired warning shots and mortars at the group as it approached Israel's proclaimed "security zone." The Israelis...

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