A Palestinian farmer stands in the market in the West Bank village of Qabatiyha on February 8, 2016. AFP / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH
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With a four-day lockdown and economic sanctions, Israel cracked down hard on the occupied West Bank village of Qabatiya after three of its sons killed a policewoman in a Jerusalem attack."Here we have resisted every occupation," Mayor Mahmoud Kamel told AFP, citing centuries of Ottoman imperial rule, followed by nearly 30 years of British control and Israel's capture of the territory from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war.He was speaking during condolence visits by Palestinian officials to the families of nine young villagers killed since October during a wave of attacks on Israelis.Among the latest to die were three young men from some of Qabatiya's largest families."We arrived at the checkpoint and the soldiers turned back those who had an address in Qabatiya on their papers," he said.Now stuck at home, he does not know when he will be able to provide for his seven dependents again.Eight months later, Ahmed Zakarneh and his two friends slipped into Jerusalem and killed an Israeli policewoman the same age as himself.
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