Emily Harris http://wvasfm.org en By Laying Waste To Houses, Israeli Strikes May Lay Seeds For New Rage http://wvasfm.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 20:50:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51283 at http://wvasfm.org Deaths Mount Into The Dozens As Gaza Strip Bombardment Builds http://wvasfm.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 20:59:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51226 at http://wvasfm.org With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold http://wvasfm.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 50793 at http://wvasfm.org With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas http://wvasfm.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 50117 at http://wvasfm.org In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas Brimming With Extras, Palestinian Government Feels Unity Pains http://wvasfm.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 20:50:00 +0000 Emily Harris 50106 at http://wvasfm.org Teens Disappear In The West Bank, And Israel Blames Hamas http://wvasfm.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 49851 at http://wvasfm.org Palestinian Split Shows Signs Of Healing, But Israelis Aren't Pleased http://wvasfm.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 49100 at http://wvasfm.org Pope Francis Ends Historic Mideast Trip http://wvasfm.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 20:59:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48702 at http://wvasfm.org Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel http://wvasfm.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 48538 at http://wvasfm.org Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel http://wvasfm.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 16:55:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48257 at http://wvasfm.org Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel