Emily Harris http://wgcu.org en Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want? http://wgcu.org/post/gaza-cease-fire-still-just-out-reach-what-does-each-side-want Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris is in Gaza, and she speaks to Audie Cornish about both sides' demands. <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=Gaza+Cease-Fire+Still+Just+Out+Of+Reach%3A+What+Does+Each+Side+Want%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12765 at http://wgcu.org Attack On U.N. School Kills Over A Dozen Civilians In Gaza http://wgcu.org/post/attack-un-school-kills-over-dozen-civilians-gaza <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=Attack+On+U.N.+School+Kills+Over+A+Dozen+Civilians+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNTU4MDIzMDEyMzAwMTE4NTAxYzUzMg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12737 at http://wgcu.org In A Crowded Gaza, A Growing Sense That Nowhere Is Safe http://wgcu.org/post/crowded-gaza-growing-sense-nowhere-safe Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>I'm Robert Siegel. And we begin this hour with developments in Gaza, Israel and Cairo. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Egypt trying to forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)<p>JOHN KERRY: The loss of lives and the humanitarian impact is really heartbreaking. And we're joining our international partners in reiterating our call for an immediate end to the fighting and a return to the cease-fire that was reached in 2012.<p>SIEGEL: Also today, a militant rocket struck near Israel's main airport. That prompted U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12639 at http://wgcu.org Israel Targets Tunnels, But Hits Elsewhere — Including Gaza Hospital http://wgcu.org/post/israel-targets-tunnels-hits-elsewhere-including-gaza-hospital Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo today for talks on ending the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian casualties have spiraled. More than 550 people have died in two weeks, mostly civilians according to health officials there. The Israeli military says 25 of its soldiers have been killed since it launched a ground invasion last week. The military says it's targeting tunnels militants use to attack Israel. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12586 at http://wgcu.org Gaza Evacuees Crowd Into Schools Remade As Shelters http://wgcu.org/post/gaza-evacuees-crowd-schools-remade-shelters Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Hamas militants fired rockets into Israel today, more rockets, after the Israeli government announced it was expanding ground operations in the Gaza Strip. Thousands of Palestinians continue to flee their homes. Early this morning, some, still wearing their pajamas, left in haste to take shelter in local schools. Those schools are already packed beyond capacity. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12553 at http://wgcu.org Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe http://wgcu.org/post/inside-gaza-and-under-israeli-fire-family-tries-stay-safe The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332347143/israel-launches-ground-offensive-in-gaza">beginning of Israel's ground invasion Thursday night</a> was loud. Explosions lit up the sky to the north and east and boomed throughout the Gaza Strip.<p>But <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/18/332499370/israeli-ground-operation-in-gaza-continues">Friday</a> started pretty quietly for Rashad Abu Tawila.<p>"It was before dawn," the Gaza resident recalls, through an interpreter. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12519 at http://wgcu.org Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe The Violence In Gaza, Through The Lens Of One Family's Losses http://wgcu.org/post/violence-gaza-through-lens-one-familys-losses Cloaked in black from head to toe, Iman el-Kaas cries in her mother's home in the Gaza Strip. Iman is in mourning.<p>Her husband, Anas el-Kaas, was killed by an Israeli attack that hit their apartment in Gaza early Friday morning. He was 33 years old, a pharmacist with two young children. They had just moved in a few months ago.<p>"I thought that apartment was gift, but it was the place he would be killed," Iman says. "Why? Why did they kill him?"<p>About twice the size of Washington, D.C., the Gaza Strip has sustained more than 1,500 Israeli airstrikes over the past week. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12405 at http://wgcu.org The Violence In Gaza, Through The Lens Of One Family's Losses Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools http://wgcu.org/post/palestinians-seek-shelter-supply-strapped-un-schools Residents in Northern Gaza have been fleeing their homes in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/13/331122214/palestinians-flee-gaza-after-israel-drops-warning-leaflets">anticipation of a new Israeli assault</a>, as the exchange of Hamas rockets and Israeli airstrikes enters its sixth day. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12322 at http://wgcu.org Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools By Laying Waste To Houses, Israeli Strikes May Lay Seeds For New Rage http://wgcu.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(MDA3OTgyNDI4MDEzMTM0MjQzMTZlNDI0Mg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Emily Harris 12280 at http://wgcu.org Deaths Mount Into The Dozens As Gaza Strip Bombardment Builds http://wgcu.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 12245 at http://wgcu.org With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold http://wgcu.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 11988 at http://wgcu.org With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas http://wgcu.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 11577 at http://wgcu.org In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas Brimming With Extras, Palestinian Government Feels Unity Pains http://wgcu.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 11567 at http://wgcu.org Teens Disappear In The West Bank, And Israel Blames Hamas http://wgcu.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 11415 at http://wgcu.org Palestinian Split Shows Signs Of Healing, But Israelis Aren't Pleased http://wgcu.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 10950 at http://wgcu.org Pope Francis Ends Historic Mideast Trip http://wgcu.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 10716 at http://wgcu.org Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel http://wgcu.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 10624 at http://wgcu.org Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel http://wgcu.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 10455 at http://wgcu.org Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip http://wgcu.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 10373 at http://wgcu.org Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip Poverty Among Holocaust Survivors Hits A Nerve In Israel http://wgcu.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 10259 at http://wgcu.org Poverty Among Holocaust Survivors Hits A Nerve In Israel