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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Other Celebrations Today

So much attention is being paid to Gilad Shalit's release that it's important to remember the other 1,000 prisoners freed today. Some were accused of terrorist acts, but others were held for more political reasons; their families are celebrating too. (See the two previous posts for my Shalit comments.)

Al Jazeera English has been liveblogging from Gaza. and here are excerpts of their reporting from both Gaza and the West Bank:

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