Filed under Middle East

Rockets and Airstrikes – Again

Reporting from Israel: Ran Bar-Yoshafat I open my computer to catch up on the news in Israel, as I am currently in the US for a couple of months. Sadly, what I found was that once again, the southern part of Israel is under rocket fire. In the recent escalation that began on Friday, March 9, … Continue reading

Purim night in Jerusalem

Reporting from Israel: Yovav Kalifon Last Thursday it was Purim. I usually don’t take this holiday very seriously since I don’t typically enjoy wearing a mask and a costume, partying all night and drinking heavily. This year something changed. I wanted to throw myself in there and see what it’s all about. My plans to travel … Continue reading

Lessons from the Bus Tragedy of February 16

Reporting from Israel: Yovav Kalifon A bus collided with a truck on February 16 outside Jerusalem. It was packed with Palestinian children. It flipped on its side and caught fire. According to some reports, 5 children perished. Others say 10 lost their lives.       Whatever the number may be, it was a tragedy. In … Continue reading

Under the Burden of Proof

Reporting from the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Zaina Awad My office is located inside Jerusalem’s Old City, just next to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound.  Our balcony overlooks the Dome of the Rock; all that separates us is a wire fence and security cameras.  Because of our close proximity to the compound, where clashes between Muslims … Continue reading

Peace – what does it mean?

Reporting from Israel: Ran Bar-Yoshafat There are many definitions for the word “peace”. One definition is a state or period of mutual concord between governments; a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity. Another definition is a state in which there is no … Continue reading