20 Nov 1996 03:30:42 GMT

I am a novelist writing a book in which female genital mutilation plays a
part. I have found most of what I need on the particulars of the
practice, but not all the places where it is done. I'm most interested in
which countries in the Middle East practice it, even if on a limited
scale. Is it practiced among the Palestinians?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.