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FEAR & LOATHING IN RAMALLAH: West Bank seethes with hopelessness
Sep 12th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Snagged at ‘The Line,’ expert

driver makes brilliant save

The tomb of Yasser Arafat greets visitors to Ramallah on the main entry road. There is no sign whatsoever on the building to indicate its contents. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.

RAMALLAH, West Bank – The view of the world from Palestine on Thursday morning was remarkably different from just a few miles away in Jerusalem – or any western nation, for that matter.
An air of hopelessness and helplessness is evident throughout the capital city of the Palestinian National Authority, where the tomb of Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Yasser Arafat greets visitors arriving by the main entry route.
My visit included a heart-pounding 15-minute detour after I was denied re-entry into Israel because I did not have my passport.
My expert driver and guide, Akram Halwani was forced to make a U-turn at the security checkpoint, but quickly found another at which we were simply waved with a smile into Israel.
There was barely a mention of the Syrian crisis or the worldwide uproar about plans for an American air strike against Israel’s northern neighbor.

Due to my need for Atonement and travel time, posting will be light for the next few days.


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