A store owner in a Gaza City market. Israel has eased the blockade of Gaza over the past year, and more commercial goods are reaching the territory. Jonathan Levinson for NPR hide caption

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U.S. activists chant slogans as they hold placards after a news conference in Athens, Greece, about an international flotilla to blockade Gaza. Petros Giannakouris/AP hide caption

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A voter casts his ballot to elect the board of the largest private medical association in the West Bank city of Hebron. Out of 14 people running, seven are backed by Fatah. There isn't a single candidate running under the Hamas banner. Jonathan Levinson/For NPR hide caption

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Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar (left) has been stamping passports in advance of a possible Palestinian bid for recognition at the United Nations in September. His stamp is not a valid passport mark, but a statement in support of U.N. bid. Here, he stamps a tourist's passport at the Ramallah central bus station. Jonathan Levinson /For NPR hide caption

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Brian Mulligan as Leon Klinghoffer and Nancy Maultsby as Marilyn Klinghoffer in the 2011 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production of The Death of Klinghoffer. Ken Howard, 2011/courtesy of Opera Theatre of St. Louis hide caption

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