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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page B3

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Monday, October 19, 2015
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BETHLEHEM , WESTBANK Red- faced men and women tumble i nto Mohammed Najar’s home, c hoking on the tear gas that whitens the air outside. Najar stands back while medics rush to treat them. He doesn’t know any of the people involved in the chaos that erupted in his living room, but he cares for each one like family. As clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli forces have become a daily occurrence, community members in the West B ank have banded together, with everyone playing a di erent part, from the women who brings fresh sandwiches to the woodworker crafting new slingshots. “Our door is open to anyone that needs help,” Najar, 52, who is retired, told USA TODAY. “Palestine needs all of us to do something to help keep each other safe.” Over the past month, nine Israelis were killed in Palestinian attacks, most of them stabbings, w hile 41 Palestinians were killed b y Israeli fi re, including 20 labeled by Israel as attackers, and the rest in clashes with Israeli t roops. The outbreak was fueled by rumors that Israel was planning to t ake over Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site to both Jews and M uslims. Jews call it the Temple Mount, and the site is also home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third-holiest shrine and a key national symbol for the Palestinians. Israel adamantly denies the all egations, saying it has no plans to change the status quo at the site, where Jews are allowed to visit b ut not pray. Israel accuses the Palestinians, including Palestin- i an President Mahmoud Abbas, of inciting violence through the f alse claims. Since the start of the daily c lashes, Najar’s home in Bethlehem has been used as a makeshift field clinic. Lara Ramadan, 24, a medic from a small village about 20 miles away, travels to Najar’s home every day. Young men and women are carried into Najar’s home almost each time tear gas is fired from Israeli army jeeps. R amadan’s response appears to b e second nature when she jumps to attend to a young man who cannot breathe, pounding on his c hest, while calmly telling him to s tay awake and try to speak. “ I used to wish to be throwing stones with the others during protests, but once I started training as a medic, I realized this was my way to help,” Ramadan said. “My job is just a small part, but it is a part.” On the main street, Amal Mira- zir, an older woman from a local r efugee camp, watches from a distance as young men carry large p lastic bags full of sandwiches that she made at home. It’s the third day in a row she has come outside with sandwiches of canned meat, cucumbers and cheese. “It’s not much, but I don’t have much. This is what I can do t o help,” Mirazir said. Neighbors pool their money to buy cases of water for the protest ers, while families peer out their windows for those who may need s helter. Others here put old skills to u se. Abu Rafeeq Muntaser, 45, owns a pet shop in the area but lately has been struggling to keep up with orders he gets for his handmade slingshots. “I used to make them in my free time sometimes,” Muntaser said, while sanding down a wooden handle. “But now the youth are coming to me begging me to m ake more, or to fix their old ones. Making these have become a priority.” Muntaser now spends most of his time at his shop attaching rubber bands to the wooden handles. He learned how to make the slingshots from his father during the first intifada, a Palestinian u prising between 1987-1993. “To end the occupation (by Israel), we must all fight any way w e can,” Muntaser said. “For our young people that is stones. For t he rest of us there are other ways.” Contributing: Abed al Qaisi SLINGSHOTS TO SANDWICHES, PALESTINIANS DO THEIR PART ABED AL HASHLAMOUN,EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY Palestinian protesters carry an injured comrade during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank city of Hebron on S unday. Tensions in the region are running high after weeks of street violence. In West Bank, people band together i n their fight against Israel Sheren Khalel Special for USA TODAY ABED AL QAISI FOR USA TODAY Young men hand out sandwiches m ade by a w oman from anearby r efugee camp d uring clashes. “To end the occupation (by Israel), we must all fight any way we can.” Abu Rafeeq Muntaser , s lingshot maker ABED AL QAISI FOR USA TODAY Lara Ramadan, 24, travels from miles away to volunteer her time as a medic during clashes in Bethlehem. USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE MONDAY,OCTOBER19,2015 E3 3B PRESIDENTAND PUBLISHER John Zidich EDITOR IN CHIEF David Callaway CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Kevin Gentz el 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va. 22 108, 703-854-3400 Published by Gannett The local edition of USA TODAYis published daily in partnership with Gannett Newspapers Advertising: All advertising published in USA TODAYis subject to the current rate card; copies available from the advertising department. USA TODAYmay in its sole discretion edit, classify, reject or cancel at any time any advertising submitted. National, Regional: 703-854-3400 Reprint permission, copies of articles, glossy reprints: or call 212-221-9595 USA TODAYis a member of The Associated Press and subscribes to other news services. USA T ODAY, its logo and associated graphics are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. USA TODAYis committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-8727073 or e-mail accu- Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. Corrections & Clarifications WASHINGTON President Obama signed an order Sunday directing his administration to begin issuing waivers to Iran nuclear sanctions — but the waivers will go into e ect only once Iran meets its obligations under the agreement limiting its nuclear program. The presidential memorandum marks what’s being called “adoption day” for the international agreement intended to roll back Iran’s nuclear program. The milestone, four administration o cials said, is drivenby the calendar. “Today marks an important milestone toward preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and ensuring its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful going forward,” Obama said in a statement. Obama directed Secretary of State John Kerry to issue the waivers. Sunday marks 90 days since the United Nations Security Council approved the agreement. “So adoption day is a calendar- driven event and it’s the day at which all the parties begin to take the steps they need to make sure they take to get to implementation day,” said State Department spokesman John Kirby. “And we’re not at implementation day; that’s a whole di erent purpose.” No date is set for implementation day. Under the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, implementation will come only when the International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Iran has lived up to its obligations to reduce its stockpiles of enriched uranium, dismantle two-thirds of its centrifuges, and halt construction of new nuclear facilities. Western o cials have said they expect that to take four to six months. Iran is motivated to act quickly, said one of the four senior administration o cials, who spoke on condition of anonymity under ground rules set by the State Department. Obama and the European Union are required to direct the issuance of waivers. The arrangement allows businesses to know what sanctions are waived, asen- ior administration o cial said. “These next steps will allow us to reach the objectives we set out to achieve ...and will result in cutting o all four pathways Iran could use to develop enough fis- sile material for a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. Most of the sanctions being lifted apply only to non-U.S. citizens and companies doing business with Iran. Obama orders waivers to Iran sanctions ‘Adoption day’ is afirst step under nuclear agreement Gregory Korte USA TODAY ALEX WONG,GETTY IMAGES President Obama has directed Secretary of State John Kerry to begin issuing waivers. Emergency o cials were deciding Sunday whether to close b eaches in Oahu, Hawaii, after a p air of weekend shark attacks s ent two victims to the hospital w ith severe injuries. T he attacks occurred within h ours of one another and brought to seven the number of shark attacks o Hawaii’s shores this year. I n the first incident, a 44-year- old man was swimming to shore o Lanikai Beachjust before noon Saturday when he was at- tacked, Honolulu Emergency Services Department spokeswoman Shayne Enrightsaid. The man su ered extensive injuries to b oth feet and was rushed to a loc al hospital in critical condition, she said. T he man, whose name police h ad not yet released, was pale and struggled to remain responsive as he was brought to the beach by an outrigger canoe, according to witnesses. Later Saturday, a 32-year-old man was rushed to the hospital in serious condition from popular Waikiki Beach after a shark attack caused serious injuries to his left foot, she said. Saturday’s attacks come eight d ays after a 25-year-old man lost part of his left leg and some of his fingers in a shark attack on Oahu’s North Shore, according to Hawaii News Now, a news portal a liated with KGMB-TV, KFVE- TV AND KHNL-TV, all based in Honolulu. Sharks could close H awaii beaches Rick Jervis USA TODAY ELLEN CREAGER, DETROIT FREE PRESS Oahu: Three recent attacks.

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