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Anger and Islam Rise in Jordan

In this warren of cinder blocks, cement and corrugated tin roofs where 120,000 of Jordan’s Palestinian refugees live, the slogans speak to the converted. Whitewashed graffiti along a muddy alley declare, “Islam is the solution,” and signs overhead exhort residents of the Middle East’s largest refugee camp to remember God. Fathi Barakat, glum, disillusioned and once again without work, says he is listening. Standing along Jerusalem Street, near a five-room shack that houses his family of 13, Barakat directs his anger at the United States and Israel. And in a reflection of sentiments heard more and more often across the Middle East, he expresses thinly veiled disgust at what he sees as impotence among the Arab world’s own rulers in the face of U.S. and Israeli actions. Full Story

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