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For Palestinians, transfer of power coming too slowly

There may be a new president, a cease-fire, and lingering rhetoric about a new era, but life for ordinary Palestinians remains much the same today as it was before Yasser Arafat died: miserable, they say. For all the expectations that accompanied the Sharm al-Sheikh summit two months ago between the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, there has been scant relief in the regime of Israeli checkpoints that give Israel a veto over ordinary Palestinians’ ability to work, study, and visit relatives, residents here say.Full Story

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