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Activists Urge Obama To Rethink US Role In Mideast

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KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) - A handful of pro-Palestinian activists is
urging President-elect Barack Obama to take a new approach toward
the Middle East.

Eight activists marched today outside Obama's vacation home in
Hawaii. Obama did not acknowledge them as his motorcade left the
property. Aides say Obama was going to play basketball with friends
at his former high school.

The protesters told reporters they want the incoming
administration to take a fresh look at the conflict between Israel
and the Palestinian territories, especially given the current
fighting in the Gaza Strip. They also said Obama needs to take a
more active role in the conflict, even though he doesn't take
office until Jan. 20.

Obama has declined to inject himself publicly into the
situation, although during the campaign he spoke in strong support
of Israel's right to defend itself from Palestinian attacks.

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