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Emotions mixed as Israeli children return to school after Gaza war
Emotions mixed as Israeli children return to school after Gaza war

Decked with balloons and cheerful signs, Israeli schools opened their gates Monday as 2 million children returned to school in a welcome sign of normality after the war with Gaza militants. But this was not an entirely normal first day of school. Though the return to school is always something of a national holiday, emotions were mixed this year, with pupils, parents and educators relieved to resume routines while still sorting through the trauma of a violent summer. Regular curriculum was suspended for the beginning of the school year and security remained a concern, although a cease-fire with Palestinians appeared to be holding. Adding to the sense of unease was the fact that...

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