West Bank

9:43am

Tue April 3, 2012
Middle East

Should American Jews Boycott West Bank Settlements?

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 9:00 am

In this file photo, Israeli Amishai Shav-Tal, 31, one of the founders of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Bruchin, looks at an aerial photo of the settlement.
Ariel Shailet AP

Journalist Peter Beinart grew up immersed in Zionism. His grandmother — who had to flee Egypt and then the Belgian Congo because of religious persecution — made sure that Beinart realized the importance of supporting Israel from an early age.

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9:43am

Tue April 3, 2012
Middle East

Boycotts Simplify Ongoing Issues In West Bank

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 5:03 pm

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled the West Bank Jewish settlement outpost of Migron must be destroyed by August 2012.
Sebastian Scheiner AP

In many American Jewish families, Israel is an extremely difficult subject to talk about. Generational and political divides have stalled discussions about the occupation of the West Bank in numerous households.

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5:07pm

Fri March 30, 2012
Middle East

Israel, West Bank Settlers Brace For Showdown

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 8:33 pm

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled the West Bank Jewish settlement outpost of Migron must be destroyed by August 2012.
Sebastian Scheiner AP

Just two months ago, Aviela Deitch was proud to show off what residents had built on the hilltop outpost of Migron, just a few miles away from the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank.

At that time, the Israeli Supreme Court had already ruled that Migron was sitting on private Palestinian property and had ordered Migron settlers to evacuate.

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4:21am

Sat March 17, 2012
Middle East

Despite Restrictions, Gaza Finds A Way To Build

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 8:07 am

A Palestinian youth breaks up stones for construction in Gaza City. Despite restrictions on imports including building material, the area is going through a construction boom.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

A crowd of onlookers has gathered around the oily black tarmac recently being laid down in a section of downtown Gaza City. Gaza's potholed streets are finally getting a makeover, and infrastructure upgrades like this new road are still a novelty for residents.

The overseer of the project says that before, Gaza couldn't get enough material to fix the road. But now, everyone is building.

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6:00am

Sat January 28, 2012
NPR Story

Israeli Outpost Pits Courts Vs. Government

Originally published on Sun January 29, 2012 6:42 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

An illegal Jewish outpost in the occupied West Bank is at the center of a battle over settlements. The collection of trailers and makeshift buildings is called Migron, and the Israeli Supreme Court has said it must be dismantled by the end of March. The Israeli government has tried to come up with a compromise which the settlers have rejected. And the issue even threatens to bring down the government of Prime Minister Netanyahu.

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