Outcast, Isolated and Running Out of Time

The deported Palestinians remain stranded, with no help in sight

DR. ABDUL AZIZ RANTISI, THE SPOKESMAN FOR 415 Palestinians expelled by Israel three weeks ago, looked out over the wintry landscape of the deportees' tent camp in southern Lebanon. "This is the first time most of us have seen snow," he said. "It would be beautiful if this weren't so tragic."

Each attempt to find a solution to the exiles' predicament -- or at least to provide them temporary relief -- was going nowhere. France offered to dispatch doctors to check the health of the men, who were deported for allegedly inciting Muslim fundamentalist violence. Both Israel and Lebanon, which refuses...

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