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Ramallah Wages War on Cart Sellers

Palestinian Authority police have evicted cart sellers from the streets of Ramallah to improve the city's look, angering vendors who now have no source of income, Linah Alsaafin reports.
Palestinian street vendor pushes his carriage of vegetebles in the West
Bank City of Ramallah April 8, 2002, during a four-hour lift of the
army-imposed curfew. Israeli troops fired shots at the Church of the
Nativity in Bethlehem on Monday and battled Palestinian gunmen in the
West Bank towns of Jenin and Nablus, defying U.S. demands for an end to
their offensive REUTERS/Osama Silwadi REUTERS


One of the five main streets that branch out from the Manara Square in Ramallah is nicknamed the “Hisbeh Street,” or the Marketplace. Here, colorful umbrellas jut out from many carts mostly selling vegetables, with the cries of cart-sellers announcing the prices of their wares adding to the cacophony of the bustling city center.

On the sidewalks sit old men and women on stools, newspapers, or straw mats, farmers who came from villages all over the West Bank to sell their figs, lemons, sage or homemade za’tar. The women especially used to go to Jerusalem and sell their produce inside the old city or by Damascus Gate, but are unable to do so now since Jerusalem is only accessible to Palestinians in the West Bank via Israeli military issued permits.

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