Profiteering On The West Bank Wall?

The residents of 20 Palestinian villages are preparing to file suit over Israel's construction of the 450-mile security barrier along the edge of the West Bank. But their target is not Israel. The suit charges that officials in Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority (P.A.) have profited by importing cement and selling it to Israeli contractors building the wall. Hassan Khreisheh, deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, tells TIME he handed a report on the cement deals to Arafat's attorney general and has recommended prosecutions.

According to a copy of the report obtained by TIME, well-connected companies won import licenses for 420,000...

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