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Palestinian Muayad Abdel Samed, 50, works at the construction site of his house in the West Bank village of Anabta. Mr. Samed, who spent half his life behind bars for killing an Israeli border police officer, is building his house with an $8,000 government grant. (Associated Press)

Palestinian Muayad Abdel Samed, 50, works at the construction site of his house in the West Bank village of Anabta. Mr. Samed, who spent half his life behind bars for killing an Israeli border police officer, is building his house with an $8,000 government grant. (Associated Press)

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