It seems like every side in the conflict between Israelis and Palestiniansand the various factions within those broad groupsis expert at using pictures to get their point across. So sometimes I wonder how much these slingshots are real weapons, and how much they are symbols, there to be photographed, meant to emphasize the irony of Palestinians using the same weapon David used against Goliath in the Bible story.
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A Palestinian demonstrator uses a sling shot to throw a stone towards Israeli soldiers (not seen) during a protest against Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin on March 5, 2010. The demonstrators also protested against an Israeli plan to renovate two deeply contested holy sites in the occupied West Bank -- Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.