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What Israel means to me

Interviews by Ryan E. Smith | Portraits by Joel Lipton and Andy Romanoff

April 19, 2013 | 11:28 am

Pinpointing what makes people so passionate about Israel is no easy thing, perhaps because there are so many options. 

It is the Jewish state, the only political entity in the world... read full article

  • Jahalin Bedouin fear new Israeli transfer plan

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    April 18, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Id Khamis Jahalin sits in his sparsely furnished, illegally-built shack, and worries about his future. A father of seven, he was born in this community of tents and shacks about ten miles east of Jerusalem.

    Sitting on a thin mattress that substitutes for a couch during the day...

  • Tensions run high in Egypt after sectarian clashes

    by Sherif Elhelwa, The Media Line

    April 9, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The strong social fabric that historically bound Egypt's Muslim and Christian communities is being tested by economic, political and religious tensions. Conflict between the two groups has been escalating since the  New Year 2011 bombing of Alexandria's Coptic Church.

    The clashes...

  • Turkey, Israel reconciliation far from fact

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    April 9, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Just before President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One to leave Israel on a windy Friday afternoon last month, he made a dramatic announcement. Flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama announced that Israel had apologized to Turkey for the deaths of...

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  • “Ex-Muslim” preaches the Gospel

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    April 2, 2013 | 10:15 am

    When Hazem Farraj was 15, he became a Christian. But as a Palestinian Muslim living in East Jerusalem, he couldn’t tell anyone, especially his father.

    “For almost three years I was an underground believer,” Farraj told The Media Line during a visit to Jerusalem. “I would go to...

  • Did Bashar Assad use chemical weapons?

    by Michel Stors, The Media Line

    March 28, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Marea, Northern Syria — Ahmad Jabir gesticulated wildly when he heard the news. “This regime is crazy,” the 24 year old rebel fighter shouted. “When will the international community realize it will kill us all with gasses like the chemical weapons it fired today?”

    Throughout...

  • West Bank Hebrew language study is growing

    by Diana Atallah, The Media Line

    March 27, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Listening to Hebrew songs is officially frowned upon by many West Bank residents, but interest in learning the language of the “other society that is very close but still far away” is clearly picking up among Palestinians wishing to understand Israelis. One example is the Mohammed...

  • President Obama appeals to Israelis to make peace with Palestinians

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    March 21, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    In an emotional speech to hundreds of university students, President Obama urged young Israelis to push their government to re-launch peace talks with the Palestinians, arguing it is the only way to ensure the future of Israeli democracy.

    “The Palestinian people’s right to...

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