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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
Efrat Gamlieli
Efrat Gamlieli is a 25-year-old Israeli living in Aminadav, a suburb to the west of Jerusalem. She is training as an occupational therapist, and works in a children's nursery. She described to BBC News Online the effect on her life of the current crisis in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Mostly we are we are afraid of bombs. If I go to Ben Yehuda market, and I go through there most days, I get through it as fast as I can. It is the most likely place in which I might be exposed to a terrorist attack. I am not afraid to drive in the city, or go to Gilo even.

You see many more policemen and soldiers in the city, especially in certain places, but in terms of the day-to-day activities of the people nothing has changed. When I go to the mall, it is like normal. People aren't staying at home. I think it's pretty much life as normal in many ways.

The closure of the West Bank and Gaza does affect the people who hire workers from there. But the shops and the markets are the same as usual. Most of the sellers are Israeli. Maybe they get their products from Gaza and the West Bank, but I'm not sure.

Things have changed. I have known a lot of Arabs in my life. They came to my house, my family treated them as equals, but now even the Israeli Arabs are against us, or were for a while. And this is hard for us because we thought they were part of us. Now we see that they are probably not and this is hard because they live among us.

I don't think all Arabs are against us. There are extreme organisations which attract fanatics and they are causing the problems. I don't think normal people with their families and children go out in the streets and throw stones. They get hurt.

I understand and I don't understand why the Palestinians are angry. Because I think that when the peace process was going much, much slower there was no violence, it was amazing. And now when Barak has pushed to the end and said let's talk about Jerusalem, let's talks about lots of other important issues that no other Israeli Government has addressed, suddenly it is as if they want more and more and more.

The Tel Rumeida neighbourhood is home to seven Hebron families living in "caravan" houses. The walls are little more than plasterboard. On the first night of Succot shots rang out from the Harat al-Shech hills to the north of Hebron.

My feeling is that we should give them all the Arab quarters in East Jerusalem, but what they want is impossible for us to give. They want the Western Wall, and we cannot give them that, it's ours, it is the most holy thing for the Jewish people. I think what has happened is that Arafat took things too far and now he can't control things.

I hope there will be a peace. But the violence has to stop. More of them are dying than us, but it is hard for both people. Arafat is doing both things. He is leading the violence but is telling the whole world that he wants peace. This is a contradiction.

Maybe if the violence stops they will go back to talking like at Camp David. We will give up a little and they will give up a little and it could happen that way, otherwise it will be very hard. The problem is that the right-wing in Israel, like some Palestinians, say that Oslo has died.

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If I go to Ben Yehuda market, I get through it as fast as I can. It is the most likely place in which I might be exposed to a terrorist attack
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Woman and child
Even the Israeli Arabs are against us… and this is hard for us because we thought they were part of us
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They want the Western Wall, and we cannot give them that, it's ours, it is the most holy thing for the Jewish people
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