Emily Harris http://krcc.org en For Muslims In Gaza, End Of Ramadan Marred By Fighting http://krcc.org/post/muslims-gaza-end-ramadan-marred-fighting Um Ahmed Ahmed almost ignored Eid this year.<p>The Muslim holiday, which began Monday, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.<p>"My plans were to have no plans for Eid," Ahmed says, pausing in the Firaz market area on a main street in Gaza City. "But my son kept bugging me, 'Mom, aren't you going to buy me something for Eid?'"<p>Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday and a family celebration. Relatives offer each other gifts of cash and chocolate. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Emily Harris 22562 at http://krcc.org For Muslims In Gaza, End Of Ramadan Marred By Fighting On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza http://krcc.org/post/eve-ramadans-end-fighting-resumes-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=On+The+Eve+Of+Ramadan%27s+End%2C+Fighting+Resumes+In+Gaza&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzMwMDM0MDEzMTg4NzQ3NzAwZDdjZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Eric Westervelt sitting in for Arun Rath. Israel and Hamas battled with words and weapons today. Even as international efforts to end the war continued a firm cease-fire remained elusive. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 22540 at http://krcc.org The Long History Of The Gaza Tunnels http://krcc.org/post/long-history-gaza-tunnels During the current round of fighting in the Gaza Strip, Kareem, a 40-year-old Palestinian, witnessed a Hamas tunnel exposed.<p>"There is a chicken coop near us," said Kareem, who lives on the eastern edge of Gaza City, bordering on farmland. "We know it's a chicken coop."<p>But an Israeli attack, which destroyed the chicken house, revealed a tunnel heading east toward Israel, he said.<p>"We didn't know about it, but we faced a risk because of it," he said.<p>More than a risk. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 22518 at http://krcc.org The Long History Of The Gaza Tunnels Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want? http://krcc.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 20:35:00 +0000 Emily Harris 22477 at http://krcc.org Attack On U.N. School Kills Over A Dozen Civilians In Gaza http://krcc.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 22431 at http://krcc.org In A Crowded Gaza, A Growing Sense That Nowhere Is Safe http://krcc.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 22308 at http://krcc.org Israel Targets Tunnels, But Hits Elsewhere — Including Gaza Hospital http://krcc.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 20:18:00 +0000 Emily Harris 22249 at http://krcc.org Gaza Evacuees Crowd Into Schools Remade As Shelters http://krcc.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 22205 at http://krcc.org Inside Gaza And Under Israeli Fire, A Family Tries To Stay Safe http://krcc.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 22152 at http://krcc.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://krcc.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 22:40:00 +0000 Emily Harris 21996 at http://krcc.org The Violence In Gaza, Through The Lens Of One Family's Losses Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools http://krcc.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 21876 at http://krcc.org Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools By Laying Waste To Houses, Israeli Strikes May Lay Seeds For New Rage http://krcc.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 21812 at http://krcc.org Deaths Mount Into The Dozens As Gaza Strip Bombardment Builds http://krcc.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 21756 at http://krcc.org With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold http://krcc.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 21397 at http://krcc.org With Dirt And A Vision, Palestinian Architects Break The Mold Israeli Military Responds After 3 Missing Teens Found Dead http://krcc.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 21291 at http://krcc.org In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas http://krcc.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 20827 at http://krcc.org In Search For Missing Teens, Israel Cracks Down On Hamas Brimming With Extras, Palestinian Government Feels Unity Pains http://krcc.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 20806 at http://krcc.org Teens Disappear In The West Bank, And Israel Blames Hamas http://krcc.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 21:11:00 +0000 Emily Harris 20596 at http://krcc.org U.S. To Work With Palestinian Unity Government Despite Hamas http://krcc.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 19981 at http://krcc.org Palestinian Split Shows Signs Of Healing, But Israelis Aren't Pleased http://krcc.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 19941 at http://krcc.org Pope Francis Ends Historic Mideast Trip http://krcc.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 19626 at http://krcc.org Pope Francis Wraps Up 3-Day Trip To Middle East http://krcc.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 10:34:00 +0000 Emily Harris 19600 at http://krcc.org Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel http://krcc.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 19481 at http://krcc.org Palestinians Appeal To Pope For Help In Land Disputes With Israel Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel http://krcc.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 19243 at http://krcc.org Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip http://krcc.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 19132 at http://krcc.org Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip Poverty Among Holocaust Survivors Hits A Nerve In Israel http://krcc.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 18984 at http://krcc.org Poverty Among Holocaust Survivors Hits A Nerve In Israel Palestinian Talks Could Heal Leadership Divide And Anger Israelis http://krcc.org/post/palestinian-talks-could-heal-leadership-divide-and-anger-israelis Palestinian leaders say they're close to a deal that would end the seven-year division between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Questions remain about whether the deal would hold up, as well as what it might mean for ongoing efforts to forge a deal between Palestinians and Israelis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 18122 at http://krcc.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://krcc.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 17803 at http://krcc.org Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Two Israeli Settlers Speak Of Life — And Plans — On Disputed Land http://krcc.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 17209 at http://krcc.org Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home http://krcc.org/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 17194 at http://krcc.org Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home