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July 2004
Diary of an artist in Bethlehem
Israeli soldiers invade bethlehem streets.
Israeli soldiers invade Bethlehem streets, in the
black car, a girl was shot dead by soldiers recently.
Leicestershire artist Paul Gent is spending the summer in Palestine working with families whilst creating some stunning art - read his diary.
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Paul Gent is an artist from Leicestershire who has travelled to Palestine to work with families and children

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Friday 03 July

Evening: During a Barbecue at the top of the village of Beit Jalla, (the highest point around Bethlehem) I could see the green light of Ayda camp's mosque in the distance.

Along with several settlements, the Israeli route 60 that leads to further settlements and all the watchtowers that over give 'security' to the region - one can really see the dire situation of the Palestinians at this height.

Nasim, who works with local peace organisation looked over with disappointment towards Ayda camp. "The problem is that there are too many ignorant people there; you know how they got the money to build houses in the refugee camp?

"They build the settlements and the wall; they are building their own prison. They build for Israel for low wages, instead of letting them hire foreign labour, and then they throw stones at them.

"They should attack the watchtowers and the soldiers, instead they blow up buses and kill innocent people - women and children - that's what I mean by ignorance," says Nasim.

Paul Gent

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