Palestine

10:29am

Tue November 27, 2012
The Two-Way

France Will Support Palestinian Bid For Status At United Nations

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 6:36 am

The United Nations General Assembly during a vote earlier this year.
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France became the first major European country to say they will support the Palestinian bid to attain non-member observer state status at the United Nations.

Israel has been lobbying U.N. members to vote against the measure so a defection from France, a permanent member of the Security Council, is a setback for them. The United States has also opposed the move, saying it would veto any attempt brought before the Security Council.

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5:30am

Tue November 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Arafat's Grave Opened, Samples Taken To Be Tested For Poison

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 6:36 am

Palestinians walking in front of a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City earlier today.
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Claims that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned with a radioactive substance before his death in 2004 are now literally being put to the test.

Arafat's grave was briefly opened today so that samples could be taken from his remains.

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4:14pm

Tue November 20, 2012
Israeli-Palestinian Coverage

Fighting Continues In Gaza Amid Talk Of Cease-Fire

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour with growing talk of a cease fire in the fight between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, but at this point, it is still just talk. Officials in Israel and in Egypt, where negotiations are underway, say there is no agreement yet. In the meantime, the fighting has intensified, with more casualties on both sides.

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3:23am

Tue November 20, 2012
Middle East

Gaza Strip Crisis Unites Palestinian Factions

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 7:52 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

For more on the politics within the Palestinian territories, we turn now to NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Gaza. He reports that the current conflict has helped unite Palestine's various factions and strengthened Hamas' domestic political position.

ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: A video on the Internet shows a concealed metal trapdoor in the ground opening automatically. On the underside of the door are missile tubes and the flag of the Islamic Jihad movement.

(SOUNDBITE OF ROCKETS LAUNCHING)

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11:48am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

For The First Time, Palestinians Rocket Jerusalem

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 7:26 am

Palestinian militants fire a rocket from the northern Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Thursday. For the past decade, Palestinians in Gaza have been shooting short-range rockets into southern Israel. But Palestinians fired a much longer range rocket that landed just outside Jerusalem on Friday, a move seen as a major escalation.
Oliver Weiken EPA /LANDOV

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have fired thousands of rockets into southern Israel over the past decade. Yet the one that landed harmlessly in an empty field south of Jerusalem on Friday could be as significant as all of the rockets that came before.

With that lone launch, the Palestinians demonstrated for the first time that they now have the capability to send a weapon the roughly 50 miles from the Gaza border north to Jerusalem.

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