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Israel opens Beituniya checkpoint to allow Palestinians from Israel to attend Darwish funeral

Aug. 13, 2008 9:52 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 13, 2008 9:52 A.M.)
Jerusalem - Ma'an - Israeli authorities on Tuesday agreed to open the Beituniya checkpoint point in the central West Bank in order to allow Palestinian citizens of Israel to travel to Ramallah for the funeral of poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend Darwish's funeral at midday on Wednesday.

A Palestinian member of Israeli Knesset, Muhammad Baraka contacted Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai and the Israeli cabinet coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories, Yousif Mishlib, calling for the checkpoint to be opened.

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