Emily Harris http://wkar.org en By Laying Waste To Houses, Israeli Strikes May Lay Seeds For New Rage http://wkar.org/post/laying-waste-houses-israeli-strikes-may-lay-seeds-new-rage Israeli air strikes on houses in the Gaza Strip have killed families and flattened the homes of neighbors, even as they target Hamas militants. One Palestinian human rights advocate says that, with these attacks, Israel is destroying a safe future for itself. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=By+Laying+Waste+To+Houses%2C+Israeli+Strikes+May+Lay+Seeds+For+New+Rage&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Emily Harris 56576 at http://wkar.org Deaths Mount Into The Dozens As Gaza Strip Bombardment Builds http://wkar.org/post/deaths-mount-dozens-gaza-strip-bombardment-builds Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. An air war between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is escalating. For several days, rockets fired by Hamas and other groups in Gaza have been raining down on Israel reaching far north and sending people into shelters, so far with no deaths reported. Since Tuesday, Israel has answered with a campaign of airstrikes, killing at least 89 people and wounding more than 600. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Emily Harris 56524 at http://wkar.org With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold http://wkar.org/post/dirt-and-vision-palestinian-architects-break-mold The city of Jericho sits in the hot, flat Jordan Valley down the hill from Jerusalem. Jericho has bragging rights as one of the oldest towns on Earth. But one of its newest homes looks like it might have arrived from outer space.<p>Ahmad Daoud hired a firm of young Palestinian architects to build this house. Like Jericho's original homes, it is built of dirt. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:07:00 +0000 Emily Harris 56147 at http://wkar.org With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold Israeli Military Responds After 3 Missing Teens Found Dead http://wkar.org/post/israeli-military-responds-after-3-missing-teens-found-dead Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Three Israeli teenagers are being buried side-by-side today. They were kidnapped almost three weeks ago while hitchhiking in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and it now appears they were shot and killed almost immediately. Israeli soldiers found their bodies yesterday under a pile of rocks in a West Bank field. Israel blames the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the murders. NPR's Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem, but she's spending sometime in Washington right now, so she joins us in our studios. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Emily Harris 56037 at http://wkar.org In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas http://wkar.org/post/search-missing-teens-israel-cracks-down-hamas In the week since Israel's search to find three teenagers began, operation "Bring Back Our Brothers" has expanded to include a crackdown on Hamas and other suspected militants.<p>Sixteen-year-olds Gilad Sha'er and Naftali Fraenkel, a dual US-Israeli citizen, along with 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah, disappeared June 12, while hitchhiking home from their seminary schools in the Israel-occupied West Bank. Israeli officials believe the three were kidnapped and accuse the militant Islamist group Hamas of abducting the teens. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Emily Harris 55558 at http://wkar.org In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas Brimming With Extras, Palestinian Government Feels Unity Pains http://wkar.org/post/brimming-extras-palestinian-government-feels-unity-pains Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>What do you do with an extra 40,000 employees? That's a problem, right now, for the Palestinian Authority. A deal ending the long split between two Palestinian factions means that they are now forming a government together - Fatah and Hamas under the same roof. The thing is, each faction has its own workers who are supposed to perform the same jobs. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Emily Harris 55545 at http://wkar.org Teens Disappear In The West Bank, And Israel Blames Hamas http://wkar.org/post/teens-disappear-west-bank-and-israel-blames-hamas Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. There is still no sign of three Israeli teenagers who went missing last Thursday night in the West Bank. One is a dual U.S. Israeli citizen. Israel says the three were kidnapped by the militant Islamist group, Hamas. Since the teens disappeared, Israeli troops have conducted sweeping searches. They've arrested more than 150 Palestinians and killed one. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Emily Harris 55310 at http://wkar.org U.S. To Work With Palestinian Unity Government Despite Hamas http://wkar.org/post/us-work-palestinian-unity-government-despite-hamas Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Let's examine now what has changed in the Middle East. Palestinians went ahead yesterday with a plan to form a unity government. It includes Fatah, the party that recognizes Israel, and Hamas which does not. The United States says it will work with that unity government. In a moment, we'll ask Israel's ambassador to the U.S. what Israel will do. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:57:00 +0000 Emily Harris 54642 at http://wkar.org Palestinian Split Shows Signs Of Healing, But Israelis Aren't Pleased http://wkar.org/post/palestinian-split-shows-signs-healing-israelis-arent-pleased Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the cabinet for a unity government joining his Fatah party with Hamas. It resolves a 7-year-old split but also draws condemnation from Israeli leaders. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Emily Harris 54614 at http://wkar.org Pope Francis Ends Historic Mideast Trip http://wkar.org/post/pope-francis-ends-historic-mideast-trip Pope Francis wraps up his trip to the Middle East, where he addressed some of the region's tough political issues and cast some dramatic images at its most sensitive spots. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Emily Harris 54268 at http://wkar.org Pope Francis Wraps Up 3-Day Trip To Middle East http://wkar.org/post/pope-francis-wraps-3-day-trip-middle-east Pope Francis is in Jerusalem. He stopped at the holiest Jewish and Muslim sites in that city. The pope has invited Palestinian and Israeli leaders to join him in Rome to discuss Mideast peace. Mon, 26 May 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Emily Harris 54243 at http://wkar.org Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel http://wkar.org/post/palestinians-appeal-pope-help-land-disputes-israel When Pope Francis visits Jerusalem on Monday, he will celebrate Mass in one of the holiest Christian sites in the world.<p>The Cenacle, or the Upper Room, is traditionally considered the place where Christ shared his Last Supper with disciples before he was crucified.<p>But the spot is holy not only to Christians. Below, some Jews believe, is the tomb of King David. A mosque has also stood on this site.<p><a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3a1b97bc-dcdf-11e3-b73c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz32TtdPi7W">Access to the Cenacle has been hotly contested</a> since the days of British rule here. Fri, 23 May 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Emily Harris 54127 at http://wkar.org Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel http://wkar.org/post/unity-difficult-mission-christians-israel Pope Francis visits the Mideast next week, including Israel, where Christians make up just 2 percent of the population.<p>But since the last papal visit to the Holy Land five years ago, the number of Christians in Israel has increased, and the makeup of the Christian population has continued to shift.<p>The vast majority of Israeli Christians have always been Arab and they still make up three-quarters of the 160,000 Christians living in Israel. Sun, 18 May 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Emily Harris 53870 at http://wkar.org Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip http://wkar.org/post/organic-produce-tough-sell-gaza-strip Outside a small organic produce shop in Gaza City, a large sidewalk placard reads "Good Earth" in Arabic in big red letters, followed by "Organic produce, free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides." The same message is on the shop's awning.<p>But "people don't notice the signs, they come in and ask, 'Why these [high] prices?,' " says Rami al-Naffar, the clerk here.<p>Organic food is booming in the U.S. and Europe, where many consumers perceive the produce as healthful and environmentally friendly. Thu, 15 May 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Emily Harris 53761 at http://wkar.org Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip Poverty Among Holocaust Survivors Hits A Nerve In Israel http://wkar.org/post/poverty-among-holocaust-survivors-hits-nerve-israel Yulia Feuerman stays dry-eyed while retelling many of her experiences during World War II.<p>When she was 10, Feuerman was separated from her mother and two sisters by Nazi soldiers in their small town in what is now western Ukraine. They were sent to a concentration camp. Feuerman, her father and two remaining siblings went into hiding with other Jews — but were eventually found by the Germans. Her father and brother were shot and killed. Tue, 13 May 2014 07:07:00 +0000 Emily Harris 53591 at http://wkar.org Poverty Among Holocaust Survivors Hits A Nerve In Israel Israel Suspends Peace Talks After Palestinians Reach Unity Deal http://wkar.org/post/israel-suspends-peace-talks-after-palestinians-reach-unity-deal Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Let's talk about a busy week of news in the Middle East. Israel has now broken off peace talks with the Palestinians. These talks were already in a stalemate. This latest decision comes in response to internal Palestinian politics. This week two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, agreed to end a seven-year split and form a coalition government. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, as well as the United States and the European Union.<p>For more we turn to NPR's Emily Harris in Jerusalem. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52737 at http://wkar.org Palestinian Talks Could Heal Leadership Divide And Anger Israelis http://wkar.org/post/palestinian-talks-could-heal-leadership-divide-and-anger-israelis Palestinian leaders say they're close to a deal that would end the seven-year division between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Questions remain about whether the deal would hold up, as well as what it might mean for ongoing efforts to forge a deal between Palestinians and Israelis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52653 at http://wkar.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://wkar.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 30-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52293 at http://wkar.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home http://wkar.org/post/stay-or-go-how-israeli-palestinian-peace-would-redefine-home More than 1 million Arabs are citizens of Israel. And over the years, some 350,000 Jewish Israelis have moved to settlements in the West Bank. If the Israelis and Palestinians were to make peace and set a formal border, what would happen to all these people?<p>The vast majority of Arab Israelis are Palestinian. Most belong to families that either stayed in their homes during the war following Israel's 1948 declaration of independence or fled to areas that wound up on the western, or Israeli side, of the cease-fire line. They hold Israeli passports and enjoy the rights of citizenship. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51651 at http://wkar.org Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home Israeli Prisoner Release Steps Toward Peace And Draws Controversy http://wkar.org/post/israeli-prisoner-release-steps-toward-peace-and-draws-controversy Israel is preparing a prisoner release as part of the peace process with Palestinians. Arab citizens of Israel are set to be let go, a move more controversial than releasing non-citizen Palestinians. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51320 at http://wkar.org In A 'Brilliant' Move, Hamas Puts A Woman Out Front http://wkar.org/post/brilliant-move-hamas-puts-woman-out-front Isra al-Modallal is the first woman to be the public face of Hamas, the conservative group that rules the Palestinian territory. "Brilliant" is how one Gaza observer describes the decision. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:48:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51037 at http://wkar.org Russian Troops Continue Movements In Crimea http://wkar.org/post/russian-troops-continue-movements-crimea As the standoff continues in Crimea, Russia warns the U.S. against "hasty" sanctions. Ukraine officials accuse pro-Russian forces of armed aggression. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Emily Harris 50379 at http://wkar.org Western Diplomats Visit Kiev, Bringing Few Answers With Them http://wkar.org/post/western-diplomats-visit-kiev-bringing-few-answers-them Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour in Ukraine where Russian troops took control of more areas in Crimea today, including a ferry terminal between the Ukrainian peninsula and Russia. Western countries are strategizing a response to the crisis with many meetings and several high level visits to Ukraine. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 50135 at http://wkar.org A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza http://wkar.org/post/greek-treasure-pulled-sea-disappears-again-gaza On a sunny Friday in August last year, Judah Abughorab paddled a small, flat boat over the blue Mediterranean Sea about 100 yards off the Gaza Strip's sandy shore.<p>He doesn't really like to eat fish, but catching them is the unemployed construction worker's favorite pastime.<p>That day, he netted a half a dozen. Then, through the clear water, he spotted something that made him look again.<p>"It looked like a person," he says. "Eyes, a face, hands, fingers."<p>Abughorab says he was scared, but dived 5 yards down to have a closer look. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49996 at http://wkar.org A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza Building Pressure May Mean Progress In Israeli Peace Talks http://wkar.org/post/building-pressure-may-mean-progress-israeli-peace-talks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>There is a fake John Kerry wandering around Jerusalem these days. He stars in several satirical videos criticizing the U.S. effort to negotiate a peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The State Department suggests it is just the latest sign that Kerry has put real pressure on Israel to move toward a peace deal. NPR's Emily Harris reports.<p>EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: John Kerry, the satire star, is skinny with a big poof of grey hair. The theme of the videos, he doesn't understand the conflict he's trying to solve. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49187 at http://wkar.org Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians http://wkar.org/post/even-among-their-own-consensus-eludes-israelis-and-palestinians Disputes between Palestinians and Israelis are a constant in their decades-old conflict, and that's what the wider world usually hears about.<p>But there are also near constant internal disagreements among Israelis. And Palestinians have divergent views too. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48947 at http://wkar.org Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda http://wkar.org/post/scarlett-johanssons-middle-east-flap-over-soda <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxq4ziu-wrI</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48693 at http://wkar.org Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant http://wkar.org/post/palestinian-explains-why-he-worked-israeli-informant It took four years in a prison cell for Palestinian Abdel Hamid el-Rajoub to decide to work as an Israeli informant. Not that he ever planned it that way. Rajoub is in his 60s now. He grew up in a Palestinian village near Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. He says he was 19, an emotional young man, when he got involved in fighting Israel.<p>"It was my right," he says, "to fight Israel and the occupation."<p>Rajoub looked up to an older brother, who he says was part of the military branch of the Palestinian political group Fatah and was killed by Israeli soldiers. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48630 at http://wkar.org A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed http://wkar.org/post/palestinian-herders-pick-pieces-after-homes-destroyed <em>NPR's Emily Harris sent this postcard after visiting a community of Palestinian herders whose camp was demolished for being in a closed Israeli military zone.</em><p>It's about 20 minutes by four-wheel drive up a rocky canyon to Khirbet 'Ein Karzaliyah, a near-barren plain with a small spring. A handful of families live here, including more than a dozen children and over 700 sheep and goats.<p>Meshchas Bne Menneh unzips the door to her home, a large tent on a sturdy square frame. She flicks on a battery-powered lamp and lights a propane burner for tea. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48221 at http://wkar.org Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace http://wkar.org/post/what-israels-release-palestinian-prisoners-means-peace On Tuesday, Israel released another two-dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted of violent crimes against Israelis.<p>It's the third of four groups to be released before their sentences are up, part of a confidence-building deal that helped restart peace negotiations in July.<p>Palestinian Omar Masoud was a prisoner freed in one of the previous releases. He says that when he agreed to kill an Israeli working in the Gaza Strip, he expected consequences.<p>"I knew I would go to prison, or get killed and become a martyr, or I'd have to run away abroad," Masoud says. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Emily Harris 47338 at http://wkar.org What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace