Emily Harris http://nhpr.org en Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe http://nhpr.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 52212 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 23:08:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52010 at http://nhpr.org The Violence In Gaza, Through The Lens Of One Family's Losses Israeli Military Responds After 3 Missing Teens Found Dead http://nhpr.org/post/israeli-military-responds-after-3-missing-teens-found-dead Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Three Israeli teenagers are being buried side-by-side today. They were kidnapped almost three weeks ago while hitchhiking in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and it now appears they were shot and killed almost immediately. Israeli soldiers found their bodies yesterday under a pile of rocks in a West Bank field. Israel blames the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the murders. NPR's Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem, but she's spending sometime in Washington right now, so she joins us in our studios. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51134 at http://nhpr.org Teens Disappear In The West Bank, And Israel Blames Hamas http://nhpr.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 50333 at http://nhpr.org U.S. To Work With Palestinian Unity Government Despite Hamas http://nhpr.org/post/us-work-palestinian-unity-government-despite-hamas Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Let's examine now what has changed in the Middle East. Palestinians went ahead yesterday with a plan to form a unity government. It includes Fatah, the party that recognizes Israel, and Hamas which does not. The United States says it will work with that unity government. In a moment, we'll ask Israel's ambassador to the U.S. what Israel will do. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:57:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49625 at http://nhpr.org Palestinian Split Shows Signs Of Healing, But Israelis Aren't Pleased http://nhpr.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 20:22:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49577 at http://nhpr.org Pope Francis Wraps Up 3-Day Trip To Middle East http://nhpr.org/post/pope-francis-wraps-3-day-trip-middle-east Pope Francis is in Jerusalem. He stopped at the holiest Jewish and Muslim sites in that city. The pope has invited Palestinian and Israeli leaders to join him in Rome to discuss Mideast peace. Mon, 26 May 2014 10:41:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49167 at http://nhpr.org Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip http://nhpr.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 48582 at http://nhpr.org Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip Israel Suspends Peace Talks After Palestinians Reach Unity Deal http://nhpr.org/post/israel-suspends-peace-talks-after-palestinians-reach-unity-deal Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Let's talk about a busy week of news in the Middle East. Israel has now broken off peace talks with the Palestinians. These talks were already in a stalemate. This latest decision comes in response to internal Palestinian politics. This week two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, agreed to end a seven-year split and form a coalition government. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, as well as the United States and the European Union.<p>For more we turn to NPR's Emily Harris in Jerusalem. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Emily Harris 47384 at http://nhpr.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://nhpr.org/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 30-year-old Israeli woman, has been to many matchmakers.<p>"Too many," she says, rolling her wide dark eyes and tossing her shoulder-length hair.<p>Matchmakers are the traditional way to find a mate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to which Mizrachi belongs. But she is not entirely traditional.<p>"I identify myself as a modern ultra-Orthodox," Mizrachi says.<p>Mizrachi is part of a growing number of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel who are seeking job skills, getting higher education or joining the military. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 46895 at http://nhpr.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Two Israeli Settlers Speak Of Life — And Plans — On Disputed Land http://nhpr.org/post/two-israeli-settlers-speak-life-and-plans-disputed-land From the Palestinian perspective, a big obstacle to peace is the presence of 350,000 Israelis on land expected to be part of any future Palestinian state. Two of those settlers offer their viewpoints. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Emily Harris 46166 at http://nhpr.org A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant http://nhpr.org/post/palestinian-explains-why-he-worked-israeli-informant It took four years in a prison cell for Palestinian Abdel Hamid el-Rajoub to decide to work as an Israeli informant. Not that he ever planned it that way. Rajoub is in his 60s now. He grew up in a Palestinian village near Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. He says he was 19, an emotional young man, when he got involved in fighting Israel.<p>"It was my right," he says, "to fight Israel and the occupation."<p>Rajoub looked up to an older brother, who he says was part of the military branch of the Palestinian political group Fatah and was killed by Israeli soldiers. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Emily Harris 42672 at http://nhpr.org A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed http://nhpr.org/post/palestinian-herders-pick-pieces-after-homes-destroyed <em>NPR's Emily Harris sent this postcard after visiting a community of Palestinian herders whose camp was demolished for being in a closed Israeli military zone.</em><p>It's about 20 minutes by four-wheel drive up a rocky canyon to Khirbet 'Ein Karzaliyah, a near-barren plain with a small spring. A handful of families live here, including more than a dozen children and over 700 sheep and goats.<p>Meshchas Bne Menneh unzips the door to her home, a large tent on a sturdy square frame. She flicks on a battery-powered lamp and lights a propane burner for tea. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Emily Harris 42168 at http://nhpr.org Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels http://nhpr.org/post/israeli-startup-offers-kids-social-media-training-wheels Two years ago, Itay Eshet's daughter told him she wanted a Facebook account. She was 10 years old.<p>Facebook's great, Eshet told her, but it's not for kids. So instead they built a new social network for preteens called Nipagesh, which means "let's meet" in Hebrew.<p>Facebook and most other social networks require users to be at least 13 years old, but lots of kids want to join sooner. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40313 at http://nhpr.org Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels Election In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town Tests Gender Norms http://nhpr.org/post/ultra-orthodox-towns-election-puts-gender-rules-test Voters across Israel choose new mayors and city councilors in local elections Tuesday. In one small town, a handful of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women are defying the norms of their community by running for office.<p>On a recent day, children mob two women in skirts, stockings and purple T-shirts in a neighborhood park in El'ad, or Forever God. The women are candidates for town council. As part of their get-the-word-out campaign, they're blowing up balloons for kids.<p>"I've been thinking about this for a year. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:08:00 +0000 Emily Harris 37169 at http://nhpr.org Election In Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town Tests Gender Norms