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Issue: Israel's Jewish Identity. What Does it Mean?
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PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
Terrorists Attack a Jerusalem Synagogue
200-Year-Old Palestinian Bakery in Jerusalem
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Palestinian Workers Fear For Their Jobs in Israel
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, November 20, 2014

  Israel Stops Large Shipment of Firecrackers to east Jerusalem   Jafar Al-Halabi has worked at the Mishor Adumim branch of the Israeli discount supermarket chain Rami Levy for ten years. About 15 miles east of Jerusalem, Mishor Adumim is an industrial area in land that Israel acquired in 1967. Israelis and Palestinians work together in the store, and shop together as well.   “I have Jewish friends – we work together and we eat together (on breaks),” Al-Halabi, 43, told The.....

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Palestinians in West Bank Show Support for Attacks against Jews
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Minority voice say violence is not the way to go; Abbas condemns Attack [Al-Azaria] – Responding to Tuesday’s attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that took the lives of four Jews during morning prayers, some Palestinians in the West Bank say they believe it to be a “natural response” to recent events and the fault of the Israeli government. The two Palestinian assailants also wounded nine others before being shot dead themselves. The killings are adding to the already soaring tension.....

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Palestinians in West Bank Show Support for Attacks against Jews
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Minority voice say violence is not the way to go; Abbas condemns Attack     [Al-Azaria] – Responding to Tuesday’s attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that took the lives of four Jews during morning prayers, some Palestinians in the West Bank say they believe it to be a “natural response” to recent events and the fault of the Israeli government.    The two Palestinian assailants also wounded nine others before being shot dead themselves.    The killings are adding to the already soaring tension.....

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Filmmakers on a Mission to Tell Palestinians' Stories
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Thursday, November 13, 2014

New generation of filmmakers fight for funding to tell personal stories WEST BANK – A new generation of Palestinian filmmakers is intent on telling "the people stories you don't hear about" rather than staying true to form with films charged with political messages such as "Israel's Occupation" or "Nakba" (the great catastrophe, referring to Israel).  While some insist that it remains their mission and obligation to tell the world about their struggle, other moviemakers seek to broaden the.....

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Palestinians Turn to Vocational Education to Spur Job Market
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

  Britain's Pitman UK opens first center in the West Bank   Ramallah – Amjad Delbah sits in front of a computer screen wearing headsets, his crystal blue eyes matching the blue carpet in this state-of-the-art facility located in the city’s wealthy suburbs of Al-Tireh. Having received his accounting degree in Jordan, Delbah now hopes to increase his career potential and fulfill his dream of becoming an auditor by participating in a new program designed to create jobs and improve.....

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Growing Tensions Between Palestinian Factions in Gaza
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, November 10, 2014

Could undermine Gaza Reconstruction Ramallah – A Palestinian official has said that renewed fighting between Hamas and Fatah is a setback for the Palestinian aims for statehood and the hostility will most likely cause delays of the Gaza reconstruction process. “This is terribly sad and it’s not good for the Palestinian cause,” Palestinian industrialist Munib al Masri told The Media Line. The comments followed a series of blasts that took place in Gaza last week near homes owned by Fatah.....

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Jihadi Domesticity
by Samantha Badgen on Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Women Joining ISIS to Marry Fighters Aqsa Mahmood offers advice to other young women on how to join ISIS. The first phone call made after you cross the border into Syria is the hardest, she warns the readers of her blog on Tumblr. If your parents cry and beg you to come home, she advises, stay strong and realize they don’t know enough about Islam to understand. “The word of Allah is greater than that of all mankind put.....

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New Bill in Israel to Ease Conversion to Judaism
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chief Rabbis Threaten Not to Recognize Converts A new bill that is being presented to the Israeli parliament next week aims to break the monopoly of the Chief Rabbinate and allow municipal rabbis to perform conversions in Israel. If passed, the bill would make it easier for an estimated 400,000 Israelis, most of them from the former Soviet Union, to formally convert to Judaism if they so choose. Conversion is the only way that most of these Israeli citizens.....

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Women in Jerusalem Dance for Peace
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Silence and Movement Interact Many of the women – Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Druze – seemed to know each other. There were squeals of recognition, hugs and kisses as women who rarely get to meet reunited with old friends. Soon, one woman took out a drum and another shook a tambourine, and there was clapping and Middle Eastern-style dancing. The guest of honor sat quietly observing. With her gray hair and sparkling blue eyes, and dressed in an aquamarine tunic,.....

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Japanese Cuisine from the Far East Reaches Out to the Middle East
by Samantha Badgen on Thursday, October 23, 2014

From vegans to kosher consumer, interest in Japanese food soars in Israel [JERUSALEM] – Except for the shouting out of cooking instructions, only the sizzle of the skillet was heard on the patio surrounding the kitchen where Boaz Tsairi and Atsuko Ikeda chopped, toasted, crushed and mixed sesame, tofu and a variety of vegetables. The only sounds heard from the large crowd surrounding them were those of people struggling to find a place to sit or stand, and.....

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