20 years covering an occupation that turns 50

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Israeli soldiers open a gate in the security fence to let school children cross the fence, returning from school to their village Jbara, October 28, 2003. The Palestinian village of Jbara was left on the Israeli side of the fence, 88 school children have to cross the new security fence on their way to school on the Palestinian side. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon defended his country's barrier from the Palestinians against European criticism yesterday, saying it was vital for Israel's security. Photo by Quique Kierszenbaum