Ali Hamdani was a doctor in Iraq before becoming a translator for NPR. He now lives in North Carolina. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro/NPR hide caption

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A Palestinian family rides on a donkey cart along a waste dump in Al-Nusirat, central Gaza Strip, in February. Living conditions continue to deteriorate for the 1.8 million Palestinians who reside in Gaza. Ali Ali/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Republican Mitt Romney greets audience members after delivering a speech in Jerusalem on July 29. Israel's new prominence in campaign rhetoric has some in the Jewish state worried. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Palestinians order food at a coffee shop in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday. Tara Todras-Whitehill/Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR hide caption

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Israeli army tractors demolish a Palestinian home on Nov. 24, 2011, in the village of Yatta near Hebron, reported to be in Area C, an Israeli-controlled section of the West Bank. Recently, Israel has issued orders to evacuate and demolish more Palestinian communities in Area C, the largest section of the West Bank. Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Israeli soldiers look at their Egyptian counterparts from their side of the border Wednesday at the Kerem Shalom border crossing, where an attack by Islamist militants on Sunday killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR hide caption

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Palestinians look at items in a gift shop as they wait to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the Gaza Strip last month. Egypt shut down the crossing less than a week later, after a deadly attack near Rafah left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead. Tara Todras-Whitehill for NPR hide caption

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Abbas attends a meeting of his Fatah movement at its headquarters in Ramallah on Jan. 29. Atef Safadi/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Jewish settlers in the West Bank throw stones during clashes with Palestinians near the city of Nablus on May 19. A new report says violence by settlers directed at West Bank Palestinians is up sharply over the past three years. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Palestinians collect their belongings after Israeli bulldozers raze their house in an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem on Feb. 9. Ahmad Gharbali/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israeli reservists soldiers and Israeli parents whose children were killed during army service attend a rally in support of a new law to mandate universal military conscription — including ultra-religious Jews who had been previously exempt and Arab Israelis, July 7, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Moshe Rute smokes cannabis at the Hadarim nursing home in Kibutz Naan, Israel. In conjunction with Israel's Health Ministry, the Tikkun Olam company is distributing cannabis for medicinal purposes to more than 1,800 people in Israel. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images hide caption

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A boy walks past spray-painted graffiti that reads in Hebrew, "Death to Arabs" and "Revenge." The vandalism took place earlier this month in the mixed Arab-Jewish community of Neve Shalom in Israel. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Israel is now marketing itself internationally as welcoming to the gay community. Participants in the annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem are shown here on July 29, 2010. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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