A Palestinian boy hold a poster with a crossed-out picture of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, May 2017.
Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

On April 11, armed clashes broke out between secular Fatah soldiers and jihadists in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein El Helweh in Lebanon. The incident, which left ten dead and some 50 wounded, barely made news in the region and not at all in the United States. That’s partly because internal fighting in the camp has been a fixture since its creation in 1948, following war between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

But the latest Palestinian mini war, which took place over five days, was not the usual struggle over who controls which part of this depressing and impoverished zone. This

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