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A six week long strike in the occupied West Bank is hurting hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees. Employees at the United Nations agency for refugees are demanding better pay. But camps have been left without basic amenities and schooling. Al Jazeera’s Atia Abawi reports from the Jalazone refugee camp in the West Bank.

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SHOTLIST
1. Convoy of US Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama arriving at the Muqata (Palestinian Authority headquarters)
2. Obama waving to cameras, being greeted by chief Palestinian presidential aide Saed Erekat, the two walk into building
3. Palestinian security outside
4. Journalists and cameras waiting outside building
5. Members of Obama’s security detail talking outside building
STORYLINE
US Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama has made the 30-minute drive from Jerusalem to the West Bank of Ramallah via the Qalandiya checkpoint for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
He was greeted at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority’s headquarters by Abbas’ chief aide Saeb Erekat.
Abbas will tell Obama that, if elected president, he must not waste time and must immediately turn his attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said Erekat.
Security was tight, with helmeted riot police carrying truncheons and rifles lining the access road to the walled compound.
Obama, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential candidate, was greeted at the steps by Palestinian presidential aide Saed Erekat and the two went inside to meet Abbas.
Abbas wants Obama to take away one message from their meeting on Wednesday – if elected US president, he should focus immediately on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or any gains made in peace talks could vanish.
During a stop in Jordan on Tuesday, Obama had suggested that he was open to the Palestinians’ request.
He said if elected he would do his best to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.
However, he also cautioned that it was unrealistic to expect that a US president alone could suddenly snap his fingers and bring about peace in this region.
The candidate’s visit in the West Bank generated some goodwill here, particularly since his Republican rival, John McCain, did not visit the Palestinians in a Mideast trip earlier in the summer.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has said Obama was not welcome and criticised Abbas, a bitter rival, for receiving him.
Abbas aides have insisted the Palestinian leader’s meeting with Obama offers an important opportunity.
Abbas will list Palestinian grievances, including Israel’s continued settlement construction and refusal to ease restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank, the Palestinian foreign minister said.
Obama stirred controversy in June, just after he scured the nomination, with a speech before the powerful pro-Zionist lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in which he endorsed a two-state Israel-Palestine settlement, yet said Jerusalem should be both the capital of the Jewish state and undivided.

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A shorter version of the much longer (2hr!) video of my first ride round the west bank at Luxor. Sound on the GoPro HD Hero cam is not good at the best of times, so to save half an hour of annoying rattling I decided to add some music I took with me to Egypt to listen to. Worth watching for the natural warmness of the Egyptian people, and the stunning sunset at Medinet Habu.

Special thanks to Hazel & Helen for the guided tours!

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Many people know the story of ‘The Good samaritan’ in the Bible – but most aren’t aware that the Samaritans remain to this day a religious community living in what is now the West Bank. Over thousands of years, their numbers plummeted so much that they nearly died out in the early 20th century. But the community has seen an increase in numbers since then, with couples risking birth defects as a result fo the dwindling gene pool. Al Jazeera’s Jane Ferguson reports from Mount Gerizin, West Bank.

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This is part of a series of a dozen customer support tutorials we made for East West Bank that answer some of their most frequently asked questions.

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Reaction to our Oscar win 2.25.07! The Director’s father is the one getting all the hugs at the end. To learn more about the film you can visit www.WestbankStory.com or download it at iTunes.com.

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