Emily Harris http://kanw.com en Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://kanw.com/post/israels-ultra-orthodox-put-faith-unorthodox-dating-service Yael Mizrachi, a 33-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 42000 at http://kanw.com Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Two Israeli Settlers Speak Of Life — And Plans — On Disputed Land http://kanw.com/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 41454 at http://kanw.com Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home http://kanw.com/post/stay-or-go-how-israeli-palestinian-peace-would-redefine-home More than 1 million Arabs are citizens of Israel. And over the years, some 350,000 Jewish Israelis have moved to settlements in the West Bank. If the Israelis and Palestinians were to make peace and set a formal border, what would happen to all these people?<p>The vast majority of Arab Israelis are Palestinian. Most belong to families that either stayed in their homes during the war following Israel's 1948 declaration of independence or fled to areas that wound up on the western, or Israeli side, of the cease-fire line. They hold Israeli passports and enjoy the rights of citizenship. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 41438 at http://kanw.com Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home Israeli Prisoner Release Steps Toward Peace And Draws Controversy http://kanw.com/post/israeli-prisoner-release-steps-toward-peace-and-draws-controversy Israel is preparing a prisoner release as part of the peace process with Palestinians. Arab citizens of Israel are set to be let go, a move more controversial than releasing non-citizen Palestinians. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Emily Harris 41150 at http://kanw.com In A 'Brilliant' Move, Hamas Puts A Woman Out Front http://kanw.com/post/brilliant-move-hamas-puts-woman-out-front Isra al-Modallal is the first woman to be the public face of Hamas, the conservative group that rules the Palestinian territory. "Brilliant" is how one Gaza observer describes the decision. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40890 at http://kanw.com Russian Troops Continue Movements In Crimea http://kanw.com/post/russian-troops-continue-movements-crimea As the standoff continues in Crimea, Russia warns the U.S. against "hasty" sanctions. Ukraine officials accuse pro-Russian forces of armed aggression. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40294 at http://kanw.com Locals Join Crimean Defense Forces, Allied With Russia http://kanw.com/post/locals-join-crimean-defense-forces-allied-russia In Ukraine, tensions are high in the Crimean Peninsula. NPR's Emily Harris reports on the swearing in of new members to the Crimean defense force. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40286 at http://kanw.com Western Diplomats Visit Kiev, Bringing Few Answers With Them http://kanw.com/post/western-diplomats-visit-kiev-bringing-few-answers-them Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. We begin this hour in Ukraine where Russian troops took control of more areas in Crimea today, including a ferry terminal between the Ukrainian peninsula and Russia. Western countries are strategizing a response to the crisis with many meetings and several high level visits to Ukraine. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Emily Harris 40070 at http://kanw.com A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza http://kanw.com/post/greek-treasure-pulled-sea-disappears-again-gaza On a sunny Friday in August last year, Judah Abughorab paddled a small, flat boat over the blue Mediterranean Sea about 100 yards off the Gaza Strip's sandy shore.<p>He doesn't really like to eat fish, but catching them is the unemployed construction worker's favorite pastime.<p>That day, he netted a half a dozen. Then, through the clear water, he spotted something that made him look again.<p>"It looked like a person," he says. "Eyes, a face, hands, fingers."<p>Abughorab says he was scared, but dived 5 yards down to have a closer look. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Emily Harris 39950 at http://kanw.com A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza Building Pressure May Mean Progress In Israeli Peace Talks http://kanw.com/post/building-pressure-may-mean-progress-israeli-peace-talks Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>There is a fake John Kerry wandering around Jerusalem these days. He stars in several satirical videos criticizing the U.S. effort to negotiate a peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The State Department suggests it is just the latest sign that Kerry has put real pressure on Israel to move toward a peace deal. NPR's Emily Harris reports.<p>EMILY HARRIS, BYLINE: John Kerry, the satire star, is skinny with a big poof of grey hair. The theme of the videos, he doesn't understand the conflict he's trying to solve. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:58:00 +0000 Emily Harris 39249 at http://kanw.com Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians http://kanw.com/post/even-among-their-own-consensus-eludes-israelis-and-palestinians Disputes between Palestinians and Israelis are a constant in their decades-old conflict, and that's what the wider world usually hears about.<p>But there are also near constant internal disagreements among Israelis. And Palestinians have divergent views too. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 39030 at http://kanw.com Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda http://kanw.com/post/scarlett-johanssons-middle-east-flap-over-soda <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxq4ziu-wrI</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Emily Harris 38791 at http://kanw.com Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant http://kanw.com/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 22:16:00 +0000 Emily Harris 38746 at http://kanw.com A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant In Israeli Prison, An Elaborate Theater Of Interrogation http://kanw.com/post/israeli-prison-elaborate-theater-interrogation Ala'a Miqbel phoned his wife and his boss on the morning of Aug. 26 last year, just to say he was almost at the Erez crossing. That's the checkpoint between the Gaza Strip, where Miqbel lives, and Israel.<p>The U.S. Consulate had invited Miqbel to attend a conference in the West Bank. Although he'd been to Ramallah for work several years ago, Israeli security wanted to interview him before granting a travel permit this time.<p>Before the day was over, Miqbel would be in Israeli prison. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Emily Harris 38686 at http://kanw.com In Israeli Prison, An Elaborate Theater Of Interrogation Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed http://kanw.com/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 38355 at http://kanw.com Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace http://kanw.com/post/what-israels-release-palestinian-prisoners-means-peace On Tuesday, Israel released another two-dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted of violent crimes against Israelis.<p>It's the third of four groups to be released before their sentences are up, part of a confidence-building deal that helped restart peace negotiations in July.<p>Palestinian Omar Masoud was a prisoner freed in one of the previous releases. He says that when he agreed to kill an Israeli working in the Gaza Strip, he expected consequences.<p>"I knew I would go to prison, or get killed and become a martyr, or I'd have to run away abroad," Masoud says. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Emily Harris 37565 at http://kanw.com What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem http://kanw.com/post/what-it-costs-cover-your-noggin-jerusalem <em>Just how far does a dollar go? We'll try to answer that question as part of an occasional series on what things cost around the world. In this installment, NPR's Emily Harris looks at the price of headwear in Jerusalem.</em><p>In Israel and the Palestinian territories, headgear is big business. How much does it cost to cover up for different religions, traditions and fashions?<p>Orthodox and religious Jews cover their heads to show respect toward God. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 37489 at http://kanw.com What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem In Little Town Of Bethlehem, U.S. Aid On Display At Christmas Market http://kanw.com/post/little-town-bethlehem-us-aid-display-christmas-market In Bethlehem's Manger Square, Palestinian singer Omar Kamal entertained a crowd of several hundred people this week. Young men met friends; parents snapped pictures of children by a nativity scene next to a giant artificial Christmas tree. A Santa Claus arrived by motorbike.<p>Bethlehem resident Suhair Issa loves Christmas in her hometown.<p>"Most people come at night," she says. "They like to drink and eat and buy sweets. It's very nice."<p>Christmas is the high season in Bethlehem. The traditional birthplace of Christ is the biggest tourist attraction in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:34:00 +0000 Emily Harris 37383 at http://kanw.com In Little Town Of Bethlehem, U.S. Aid On Display At Christmas Market Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels http://kanw.com/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 37072 at http://kanw.com Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels Palestinian Refugees On Losing Side Of UN Budget Crunch http://kanw.com/post/palestinian-refugee-agency-running-out-money The United Nations agency that provides basic health care and education to Palestinian refugees doesn't have enough money to pay local salaries this month.<p>The shortfall could directly affect 30,000 teachers, doctors and social workers, as well as the people using their services in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.<p><strong>Filling Basic Needs</strong><p>Sit for an hour in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency office in the al-Amari camp for Palestinian refugees, and you get a sense of what people expect the agency to provide.<p>An old woman asks where she can pic Sun, 01 Dec 2013 13:24:00 +0000 Emily Harris 36413 at http://kanw.com Palestinian Refugees On Losing Side Of UN Budget Crunch