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Israel and the Palestinian territories

Last Updated: Friday August 21 2009 08:28 GMT

Why is it in the news?

Palestinians, Israelis and foreign demonstrators run from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a demonstration against Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank

Many of the news stories from the Middle East involve the Israelis and Palestinians.

They are fighting over control of the same piece of land and it's complicated because each side has its own version of events.

What happens here is very important to a lot of people around the world because many of the holiest sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims are in Jerusalem and the surrounding area.