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  • From murals to tchotchkes, Banksy’s shop attracts crowds

    By Simone Wilson

    June 11, 2014 | 10:32 am

    He may not know it yet, but the fiercely anonymous and anti-corporate British street artist known as Banksy has his very own gift shop in the walled-off West Bank.

    On a recent Sunday, while Pope Francis was passing through Bethlehem on a peace-building mission, Hamud “Moodi”...

  • Palestinian women will again play decisive role in election

    May 22, 2014 | 10:20 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Hala Kanaan recalls her disappointment at being one year too young to cast a ballot in the 2006 Palestinian election. A school girl at the time, Hala remembers arguing with her mother and older sister, both of whom failed to exercise...

  • Gaza runner barred by Israel from Bethlehem marathon

    April 9, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a decision by the IDF to bar a Palestinian runner from Gaza from participating in a marathon in Bethlehem.

    In the case of Nader Masri, a 2008 Olympian, the court ruled April 8 that it could not overrule a military decision. But the court also...

  • Calendar March 1-7

    By Laura Donney

    March 2, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    SUN | MAR 2

    “GIRLS KEEP HAVING FUN”

    Like Cyndi said, it’s all we really want. But throwing in a brunch and four impressive authors wouldn’t hurt either. Start your mid-morning right with Daniel Bergner (“What Do Women Want?”), Yael Kohn (“We Killed : The Rise of Women in...

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  • ‘Omar’ in line for foreign language Oscar

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 19, 2014 | 11:35 am

    For cinema fans interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this is a banner year, with Oscar submissions from both sides focused on the Israeli occupation.

    Israel’s “Bethlehem,” which pits Shin Bet agents against diverse Palestinian factions eager to blow up the Jewish...

  • Israel overlooked in foreign-film Oscar noms

    By Tom Tugend

    January 2, 2014 | 11:13 am

    Israel is out and Palestine is in the Oscar race, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Dec. 20 its nine semi-finalists in the best foreign-language film category.

    Both Israel’s entry, “Bethlehem,” and the Palestinian “Omar” reflect the intensity of the...

  • Jewish, Israeli-themed films vie for foreign-language Oscar

    By Tom Tugend

    December 17, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    Producers and directors in 76 countries will be biting their nails when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the Oscar nominees for best foreign-language film this week.

    Along with providing a view of cinematic skills in countries from Afghanistan to...

  • ‘Bethlehem,’ a film of spies and intrigue and Oscar possibilities

    By Tom Tugend

    December 12, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    Foreign-language (meaning non English-language) films from 76 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Venezuela, are competing for Oscar honors this year, with Israel’s entry, “Bethlehem,” pitting Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, against diverse Palestinian factions...

  • Grappling with troubled peace process, Kerry urges Israeli settlement limits

    November 6, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel on Wednesday to limit settlement building in the West Bank to help push peace talks with the Palestinians back on track.

    Faced with grim Israeli and Palestinian assessments of progress in the talks, Kerry also appeared to slap down...

  • Palestinian journalist gets jail term for Abbas insult

    March 28, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Palestinian Authority court sentenced a local journalist to a year in jail on Thursday over a picture posted on Facebook that was deemed insulting to Mahmoud Abbas.

    The ruling against Mamdouh Hamamreh, who works for the al-Quds TV channel in Bethlehem, is the second this year...

  • Palestinians vandalize Obama billboard

    March 18, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    Palestinians in Bethlehem vandalized a billboard bearing the image of President Obama.

    The activists tore down the banner, drew swastikas on it and threw shoes at it, The Associated Press reported.

    The billboard had been placed in Manger Square to garner Obama's attention to...

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy in decline

    March 12, 2013 | 10:29 am

    During President Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA)  next week, he will visit the West Bank towns of Ramallah, where he will meet PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity. A new report by the World Bank says he will see an...

  • Living next to E1, Maale Adumim residents reflect Israeli consensus on settlements

    December 6, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    From the terrace of the mall in Maale Adumim, a West Bank settlement eight miles from Jerusalem that serves as a bedroom community for Israel’s capital city, customers get a panoramic view of the Judean Desert to the east.

    Arab and Jewish towns dot the hilltops, roads snaking...

  • Reform movement raps Israeli settlement plans, Palestinian U.N. upgrade

    December 5, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    The Union for Reform Judaism criticized Israel for its decision to build new settlement housing and the Palestinians for unilaterally seeking upgraded status at the United Nations.

    The newly adopted policy statement was adopted overwhelmingly on Sunday following a debate at the...

  • Economic costs of Gaza fighting

    November 19, 2012 | 9:28 am

    Last Friday, Moshe Ahituv (not his real name) received another call-up from the Israeli army. A captain in the home front command, he had already completed 43 days of army reserve service this year.

    Moshe, 40, is an English teacher and the father of two toddlers. His wife is a...

  • UNESCO gives Heritage status to Nativity Church, lists it under ‘Palestine’

    June 29, 2012 | 9:06 am

    UNESCO has agreed to name the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a World Heritage Site, and list it as in Palestine.

    The secret vote, which came during the United Nations body’s World Heritage Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia, was 13-6, with two abstentions.

    Israel and the...

  • Supermodel Naomi Campbell celebrates birthday in Bethlehem

    May 23, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Supermodel Naomi Campbell visited Bethlehem in honor of her birthday.

    Campbell lit candles in the Church of the Nativity Tuesday, the day she turned 42, according to reports. She ate lamb and rice at a nearby restaurant accompanied by friends, Palestinian guards and her own security...

  • April 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 24, 2012 | 3:57 am

    Sunday night’s report by 60 Minutes on the Christians in the Holy Land has sparked much debate among commentary and opinion writers. We have gathered some of the most interesting in one place. Here’s a sample:

    CBS piece on Christians’ plight in Middle East — in Israel?
    Jennifer...

  • Raheb will get German prize despite growing opposition, organizers say

    February 21, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Jewish groups are ramping up pressure to have a prestigious German prize withdrawn from a Palestinian pastor who is accused of making anti-Semitic statements.

    The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem is one of four recipients of the German...

  • Latino clergy get firsthand look at Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Tony Solorzano had dreamed of seeing Israel. At 54, he'd spent countless Sundays at the pulpit and weekdays on Radio Zion talking about the land of Abraham and Jacob and David -- and Jesus.

    A pastor at Llamada Final, a Pentecostal church in Downey and Inglewood, Solorzano got his...

  • Is There a Hole in the Fence Plan?

    By Leslie Susser

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The burnt-out hulk of an Israeli bus destroyed by a Palestinian suicide bomber had just arrived at The Hague on Sunday, when a second bus was blown up at a busy intersection in Jerusalem.

    The first bus -- the remains of a Palestinian bomber's work in Jerusalem on Jan. 29 -- was...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands March for Israel in New York

    Tens of thousands gathered in New York to salute Israel. Marchers and onlookers filled Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on Sunday for the annual Israel Day Parade.

    Palestinians Fake Jenin Funerals

    Palestinians reportedly have been holding...

  • Invasion Pros   and Cons

    By David Landau

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Israel this week is weighing the interim results of the largest military operation it has mounted during the past 13 months of violence. The balance is complex, informed observers say, with both pros and cons. Israel Defense Force (IDF) troops and tanks pulled back from Bethlehem and...

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