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It was morning in the midafeh--%the room where guests are received--in the house of Hassan Ali Masalha in Kafr Kara. Passions flared among the men seated on mats; the elder Hassan Masalha was debating with his son. The former was saying, "The Palestinians have only lost and will continue to lose from the intifadah." His son jumped up, mortified at his father's words: "What is economic loss? That's a loss? In the territories they have culture now! There% they have principles! There% they have no crime! There% there are no drugs!" The old man, reclining comfortably
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David Grossman is the author of seven novels, most recently Someone to Run With, as well as two groundbreaking works of journalism, The Yellow Wind and Sleeping on a Wire; several children’s books; and a play. He lives in Jerusalem.