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Voices of Conflict
Sleiman Shimlawi: West Bank farmer
Efrat Gamlieli: Jerusalem resident
Nidhal: Youth on the Gaza Strip
Asher Susser: Israeli academic
Nakhle Beshara: Doctor in Nazareth
Gilad Ben Nun: Israeli peace activist
Paul Adams: BBC correspondent
David Wilder: Jewish settler in Hebron
Ghada Karmi: Palestinian academic
Nakhle Beshara
Dr Nakhle Beshara, an Israeli Arab, is the Head of Medicine at the main hospital in Nazareth. In recent clashes with the Israeli police, 13 Israeli Arabs were killed. Two of those who died in the clashes were taken to Nazareth hospital, along with 135 injured protesters. Dr Beshara spoke to BBC News Online about his view of the descent of Israel and the Palestinian territories into violence.

The current crisis has affected my life and work in many ways. Our workload at the hospital has increased massively because of the number of injuries suffered by Israeli Arabs since the beginning of the month.

In a few days we saw 135 emergency cases, 28 people were kept in the hospital for treatment and five were transferred to other hospitals once they were in a stable condition for special treatment.

We had to drop all other treatment at the hospital, turning people who were not involved in the clashes away, and for 10 days we were in a state of emergency.

The vast majority of the injuries we saw were light injuries. We are able to treat most of the injured and send them home.

I am not a military expert, but I'd say that most of the injuries were from rubber-coated bullets. But there were a number of injuries that appeared to be a result of live bullets.

More generally, at the hospital and outside it the atmosphere is terrible. There is an overwhelming feeling of despair, anger and dread among us Israeli Arabs because the police shot protesters and killed 13 of them... and disbelief.

The despair comes from the fact that we can't see a way out of the current situation, and there is no real hope for the near future.

In Nazareth, calm has returned though the atmosphere is bleak. But in the West Bank and Gaza the crisis continues, and the suffering of our brothers there is felt strongly here.

For the young and the old in the West Bank and Gaza the situation is the same - a continual occupation and oppression, whether economic, political or military.

The anger felt and frustration at the lack of justice is ever present, here among Israeli Arabs and in the West Bank and Gaza.

We are looking for something positive and hopeful to come out of this crisis and these demonstrations. The protesters want to gain their freedom and establish their state. Anything that brings them closer to these goals is a good thing.

Injured man in crowd
The despair comes from the fact that we can't see a way out of the current situation, and there is no real hope for the near future
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Soldiers in action
For the young and the old in the West Bank and Gaza the situation is the same - a continual occupation and oppression, whether economic, political or military
In Arabic
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Injured boy
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