One Last Stand For the Settlers


DEFIANT: A resident and her son take a walk through Sa-Nur, which is due to be evacuated

The mosque in the center of Sa-Nur was built for Jordanian soldiers, a reminder of the contested history of this tiny piece of land. Israel conquered the hilltop in 1967, and now the mosque is a synagogue. Until recently, though, it had few worshippers. Sa-Nur saw its population plummet in the first years of the intifadeh because of its isolated position near the Palestinian town of Nablus, a terrorist hotbed. A little more than a year ago, it was home to just nine families and two young bachelors. But since Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced plans to evacuate the residents...

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