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Life in the West Bank settlements

<p>A view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, east of Ramallah, September 21, 2009.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

A view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, east of Ramallah, September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, east of Ramallah, September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>A Palestinian laborer is seen at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem November 25, 2009.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner  </p>

A Palestinian laborer is seen at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A Palestinian laborer is seen at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>Jewish settlers walk near the scene of an attack in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin, near Hebron April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun</p>

Jewish settlers walk near the scene of an attack in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin, near Hebron April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Jewish settlers walk near the scene of an attack in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin, near Hebron April 2, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Children of Jewish settlers play on the unauthorized outpost of Havat Gilad south of the West Bank city of Nablus June 2, 2009.   REUTERS/Baz Ratner</p>

Children of Jewish settlers play on the unauthorized outpost of Havat Gilad south of the West Bank city of Nablus June 2, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Children of Jewish settlers play on the unauthorized outpost of Havat Gilad south of the West Bank city of Nablus June 2, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>Israeli soldiers stand guard as Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists protest near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, close to the West Bank city of Hebron May 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun </p>

Israeli soldiers stand guard as Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists protest near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, close to the West Bank city of Hebron May 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

Israeli soldiers stand guard as Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists protest near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, close to the West Bank city of Hebron May 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

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<p>Palestinians protesters run away from dozens of incoming tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin near Ramallah September 25, 2009. The Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit in seen in the background.  REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis </p>

Palestinians protesters run away from dozens of incoming tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin near Ramallah September 25, 2009. The Jewish settlement...more

Palestinians protesters run away from dozens of incoming tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of Nilin near Ramallah September 25, 2009. The Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit in seen in the background. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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<p>A foreign protester is arrested by Israeli security forces during a demonstration against a potential expansion of Israeli settlements, in an area between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim December 8, 2007.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad </p>

A foreign protester is arrested by Israeli security forces during a demonstration against a potential expansion of Israeli settlements, in an area between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim December 8, 2007. REUTERS/Ammar Awad more

A foreign protester is arrested by Israeli security forces during a demonstration against a potential expansion of Israeli settlements, in an area between Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim December 8, 2007. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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<p>A Palestinian Bedouin stands near her encampment as she looks towards the West Bank Jewish settlement of Carmel, south of Hebron April 23, 2009.
REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun </p>

A Palestinian Bedouin stands near her encampment as she looks towards the West Bank Jewish settlement of Carmel, south of Hebron April 23, 2009. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

A Palestinian Bedouin stands near her encampment as she looks towards the West Bank Jewish settlement of Carmel, south of Hebron April 23, 2009. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

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<p>A view shows the West Bank Jewish settlement of Adam at the north of Jerusalem June 29, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun</p>

A view shows the West Bank Jewish settlement of Adam at the north of Jerusalem June 29, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A view shows the West Bank Jewish settlement of Adam at the north of Jerusalem June 29, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Jewish settlers take part in a parade celebrating the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron March 10, 2009. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. 
REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

Jewish settlers take part in a parade celebrating the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron March 10, 2009. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Baz...more

Jewish settlers take part in a parade celebrating the holiday of Purim in the West Bank city of Hebron March 10, 2009. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance while celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in a synagogue in the West Bank settlement of Modiin Illit, March 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance while celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in a synagogue in the West Bank settlement of Modiin Illit, March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance while celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in a synagogue in the West Bank settlement of Modiin Illit, March 9, 2009. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>Jewish settler children play in an inflatable pool at the Migron outpost near the West Bank city of Ramallah August 12, 2008.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

Jewish settler children play in an inflatable pool at the Migron outpost near the West Bank city of Ramallah August 12, 2008. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Jewish settler children play in an inflatable pool at the Migron outpost near the West Bank city of Ramallah August 12, 2008. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>An Israeli police officer sits next to Jewish settlers on the roof of a makeshift structure before its demolition in the unauthorized outpost of Ramat Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

An Israeli police officer sits next to Jewish settlers on the roof of a makeshift structure before its demolition in the unauthorized outpost of Ramat Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

An Israeli police officer sits next to Jewish settlers on the roof of a makeshift structure before its demolition in the unauthorized outpost of Ramat Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>Activists stand near a bonfire during the evacuation of the abandoned Jewish settlement of Homesh in the northern West Bank March 28, 2007. REUTERS/Yonathan Weitzman </p>

Activists stand near a bonfire during the evacuation of the abandoned Jewish settlement of Homesh in the northern West Bank March 28, 2007. REUTERS/Yonathan Weitzman

Activists stand near a bonfire during the evacuation of the abandoned Jewish settlement of Homesh in the northern West Bank March 28, 2007. REUTERS/Yonathan Weitzman

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<p>Israeli police officers evict a Jewish settler from a disputed building in the West Bank city of Hebron December 4, 2008. Israeli police used teargas and clubs to evict dozens of hard-line Jewish settlers from a disputed building in Hebron.  REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Israeli police officers evict a Jewish settler from a disputed building in the West Bank city of Hebron December 4, 2008. Israeli police used teargas and clubs to evict dozens of hard-line Jewish settlers from a disputed building in Hebron. ...more

Israeli police officers evict a Jewish settler from a disputed building in the West Bank city of Hebron December 4, 2008. Israeli police used teargas and clubs to evict dozens of hard-line Jewish settlers from a disputed building in Hebron. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>A Jewish settler (R) shouts at border police officers after the demolition of the Maoz Esther outpost near the Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

A Jewish settler (R) shouts at border police officers after the demolition of the Maoz Esther outpost near the Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A Jewish settler (R) shouts at border police officers after the demolition of the Maoz Esther outpost near the Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>An Israeli Jewish settler (R) argues with a Palestinian woman while she films Israeli and foreign peace activists assisting a Palestinian family harvest their olives, near the Kyriat Arba Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron, October 3, 2008.  REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun </p>

An Israeli Jewish settler (R) argues with a Palestinian woman while she films Israeli and foreign peace activists assisting a Palestinian family harvest their olives, near the Kyriat Arba Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron, October 3,...more

An Israeli Jewish settler (R) argues with a Palestinian woman while she films Israeli and foreign peace activists assisting a Palestinian family harvest their olives, near the Kyriat Arba Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron, October 3, 2008. REUTERS/Nayef Hashlamoun

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<p>An Israeli soldier walks in front of an ambulance near a petrol station outside the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron November 26, 2009. A Palestinian stabbed and injured two women outside Kiryat Arba before being himself shot and wounded, Israel Radio said.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad </p>

An Israeli soldier walks in front of an ambulance near a petrol station outside the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron November 26, 2009. A Palestinian stabbed and injured two women outside Kiryat Arba before being himself shot...more

An Israeli soldier walks in front of an ambulance near a petrol station outside the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron November 26, 2009. A Palestinian stabbed and injured two women outside Kiryat Arba before being himself shot and wounded, Israel Radio said. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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<p>Jewish settlers mourn after an attack in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin, near Hebron April 2, 2009. A Palestinian with an axe and a knife killed a 13-year-old Israeli boy and wounded a seven-year-old boy in Bat Ayin.
REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

Jewish settlers mourn after an attack in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin, near Hebron April 2, 2009. A Palestinian with an axe and a knife killed a 13-year-old Israeli boy and wounded a seven-year-old boy in Bat Ayin. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun...more

Jewish settlers mourn after an attack in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin, near Hebron April 2, 2009. A Palestinian with an axe and a knife killed a 13-year-old Israeli boy and wounded a seven-year-old boy in Bat Ayin. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Mourners gather around the coffin of Elena Halevy during Elena and her husband Rafi's funeral, after they were both killed in a bombing, in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Kedumim April 2, 2006.   REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen</p>

Mourners gather around the coffin of Elena Halevy during Elena and her husband Rafi's funeral, after they were both killed in a bombing, in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Kedumim April 2, 2006. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

Mourners gather around the coffin of Elena Halevy during Elena and her husband Rafi's funeral, after they were both killed in a bombing, in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Kedumim April 2, 2006. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>A Jewish settler stands near ruins after the Israeli police demolished makeshift structures in the unauthorized outpost of Ramat Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah June 3, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun </p>

A Jewish settler stands near ruins after the Israeli police demolished makeshift structures in the unauthorized outpost of Ramat Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah June 3, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

A Jewish settler stands near ruins after the Israeli police demolished makeshift structures in the unauthorized outpost of Ramat Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah June 3, 2009. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

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<p>Jewish settlers build a makeshift synagogue in the unauthorized outpost of Maoz Esther near the Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah June 4, 2009, after Israeli authorities demolished similar structures at the outpost. REUTERS/Baz Ratner </p>

Jewish settlers build a makeshift synagogue in the unauthorized outpost of Maoz Esther near the Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah June 4, 2009, after Israeli authorities demolished similar structures at...more

Jewish settlers build a makeshift synagogue in the unauthorized outpost of Maoz Esther near the Jewish settlement of Kokhav Hashahar, northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah June 4, 2009, after Israeli authorities demolished similar structures at the outpost. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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<p>A Jewish settler walks in the Jewish settlement of Har Bracha, near the West Bank city of Nablus October 7, 2008.     REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

A Jewish settler walks in the Jewish settlement of Har Bracha, near the West Bank city of Nablus October 7, 2008. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

A Jewish settler walks in the Jewish settlement of Har Bracha, near the West Bank city of Nablus October 7, 2008. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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<p>A right-wing Israeli activist holds a national flag on a hilltop near the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim December 9, 2007. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen </p>

A right-wing Israeli activist holds a national flag on a hilltop near the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim December 9, 2007. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

A right-wing Israeli activist holds a national flag on a hilltop near the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim December 9, 2007. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

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