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Mr. Qawasmeh said he and others have been unable to find jobs in their village and have no choice but to sneak into Israel.

While Israel has justified the sprawling separation barrier on security grounds, the Palestinians say the barrier steals their land because it separates them from east Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank, captured lands they seek for their future state.

Also Sunday, an Israeli military court convicted two soldiers of using a 9-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield during last year’s Gaza war, in the most serious conviction yet connected to soldiers’ war conduct.

The court said the soldiers asked the boy to open bags in a building they took over, fearing explosives were inside. The military bars soldiers from using civilians as human shields.

Israel has faced widespread criticism that it failed to properly investigate alleged wrongdoing by troops during the three-week military operation. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians.

A U.N. probe accused both Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers of committing war crimes. Israel denies the allegations, saying its justice system is capable of conducting an investigation that meets international standards.

The Ynet news website said the soldiers could face up to three years in prison.

Associated Press writers Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank, and Diaa Hadid in Jerusalem contributed to this report.