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January 2009
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs;Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p74
This section offers news briefs on various social and political issues in the Middle East. Finnish diplomat Martti Ahtisaari urges U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to start his term by giving high priority to the world's most challenging peace-building project. Israel has imposed collective punishment on the men, women and children of Gaza since Palestinians elected a Hamas government in democratic January 2006 elections. Israel has banned foreign journalists, European parliamentarians and aid workers from Gaza.


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