Emily Harris http://weku.fm en Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service http://weku.fm/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 58325 at http://weku.fm Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home http://weku.fm/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 57731 at http://weku.fm Stay Or Go: How Israeli-Palestinian Peace Would Redefine Home Israeli Prisoner Release Steps Toward Peace And Draws Controversy http://weku.fm/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 20:12:00 +0000 Emily Harris 57425 at http://weku.fm In A 'Brilliant' Move, Hamas Puts A Woman Out Front http://weku.fm/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 57157 at http://weku.fm Russian Troops Continue Movements In Crimea http://weku.fm/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 11:59:00 +0000 Emily Harris 56547 at http://weku.fm Western Diplomats Visit Kiev, Bringing Few Answers With Them http://weku.fm/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 21:29:00 +0000 Emily Harris 56323 at http://weku.fm A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza http://weku.fm/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 56185 at http://weku.fm A Greek Treasure Pulled From The Sea Disappears Again In Gaza Building Pressure May Mean Progress In Israeli Peace Talks http://weku.fm/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 22:26:00 +0000 Emily Harris 55450 at http://weku.fm Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians http://weku.fm/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 55225 at http://weku.fm Even Among Their Own, Consensus Eludes Israelis And Palestinians Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda http://weku.fm/post/scarlett-johanssons-middle-east-flap-over-soda <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxq4ziu-wrI</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:09:00 +0000 Emily Harris 54990 at http://weku.fm Scarlett Johansson's Middle East Flap ... Over Soda A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant http://weku.fm/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 21:26:00 +0000 Emily Harris 54937 at http://weku.fm A Palestinian Explains Why He Worked As An Israeli Informant Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed http://weku.fm/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 54571 at http://weku.fm Palestinian Herders Pick Up The Pieces After Homes Destroyed What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace http://weku.fm/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 53790 at http://weku.fm What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem http://weku.fm/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 53711 at http://weku.fm What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels http://weku.fm/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 53291 at http://weku.fm Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels Palestinian Refugees On Losing Side Of UN Budget Crunch http://weku.fm/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 13:13:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52574 at http://weku.fm Palestinian Refugees On Losing Side Of UN Budget Crunch Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer http://weku.fm/post/israel-dreams-future-oil-producer There's an old joke that if Moses had turned right when he led Jewish tribes out of Egypt, Israel might be where Saudi Arabia is today — and be rich from oil. Consultant Amit Mor of Eco Energy says that joke is out of date.<p>"Israel has more oil than Saudi Arabia," he claims. "And it's not a joke."<p>But that oil will be difficult to reach, <a href="http://www.worldenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ser_2010_report_1.pdf" target="_blank">if it can be recovered at all</a>. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52421 at http://weku.fm Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer Critical Of Nuclear Deal, Israel Wonders What May Come Next http://weku.fm/post/critical-nuclear-deal-israel-wonders-what-may-come-next Many Israelis are critical of the interim deal on Iran's nuclear program, and some are even more worried about what could follow.<p>"What's important here is that both sides decided: We have to start consulting. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:59:00 +0000 Emily Harris 52373 at http://weku.fm Critical Of Nuclear Deal, Israel Wonders What May Come Next African Migrants Find An Uneasy Asylum In Israel http://weku.fm/post/african-migrants-find-uneasy-asylum-israel The scissors never seem to stop in Sami's barber shop off a pedestrian street in south Tel Aviv.<p>Fresh out of the barber's chair, Philip Giray says he left Eritrea two years ago. Smugglers helped the 20-year-old cross into Sudan and Egypt. Then he snuck into Israel.<br /> <br /> "We come here, we ask asylum here, they doesn't welcome us," Giray says. "They punish us psychological, you know?"<br /> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:43:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51973 at http://weku.fm African Migrants Find An Uneasy Asylum In Israel A Decade On, A Boy, A Ball And A West Bank Wall http://weku.fm/post/decade-boy-ball-and-west-bank-wall A little more than a decade ago, in an effort to improve security, Israel <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/05/22/186017646/a-decade-in-the-making-west-bank-barrier-is-nearly-complete">began building a physical barrier</a> in and around the West Bank.<p>The Amer family is among the Palestinians whose lives were disrupted. The concrete wall and fence cut them off from their village. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 11:11:00 +0000 Emily Harris 51335 at http://weku.fm A Decade On, A Boy, A Ball And A West Bank Wall Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip http://weku.fm/post/israel-eases-restriction-building-materials-gaza-strip Israel eased a major restriction on the Gaza Strip last week. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 50895 at http://weku.fm Israel Eases Restriction On Building Materials To Gaza Strip Syria's Move To Join Chemical Treaty Puts Pressure On Israel http://weku.fm/post/syrias-move-join-chemical-treaty-puts-pressure-israel Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>World leaders are convening in New York this week for the United Nations' General Assembly. And among other things, they're facing some potentially dramatic changes in arms control in the Middle East. Syria might give up it chemical weapons. Iran is signaling that it might negotiate with the West over its nuclear plans. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:21:00 +0000 Emily Harris 50404 at http://weku.fm 'The Family House Was Hit': Syrian Attack Kills Palestinians http://weku.fm/post/palestinians-among-dead-syrian-chemical-attack The U.S. says more than 1,400 people were killed by chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21. Other sources have cited lower figures.<p>Not all victims were Syrian. A Palestinian family in Jenin, in the northern West Bank, is mourning the loss of 11 members.<p><strong>'Everyone Inside Had Died'</strong><p>Ahmed al-Hurani keeps one hand on his cane as he sits in the shade on his home's large balcony. His son, Bassam, is next to him, chain smoking French cigarettes. Sun, 08 Sep 2013 11:14:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49734 at http://weku.fm 'The Family House Was Hit': Syrian Attack Kills Palestinians Last Flight Of Ethiopia-To-Israel Jewish Migration Program http://weku.fm/post/last-flight-ethiopia-israel-jewish-migration-program Last Wednesday, two jetliners flew 450 Ethiopian Jews to Israel.<p>They were the last to arrive under an official program designed to bring to Israel all remaining Ethiopian Jews who are eligible for citizenship.<p>At the Tel Aviv airport just before the planes landed, everyone seemed excited. Relatives of people arriving from Ethiopia cheered when the plane doors opened.<p>Achenef Chekole arrived with his wife, two sons and two daughters. Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:17:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49440 at http://weku.fm Last Flight Of Ethiopia-To-Israel Jewish Migration Program The Latest Frontier In Gourmet Salt, From The Lowest Point On Earth http://weku.fm/post/latest-frontier-gourmet-salt-lowest-point-earth When you go to the Dead Sea for a float in its extraordinarily buoyant waters, signs warn you not to drink a drop. "Did you swallow water?" one Dead Sea do's and don'ts list asks. "Go immediately to the lifeguard."<br /> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49278 at http://weku.fm The Latest Frontier In Gourmet Salt, From The Lowest Point On Earth You Say 'Kubbeh,' I Say 'Kibbeh,' Let's Eat 'Em All Right Now http://weku.fm/post/you-say-kubbeh-i-say-kibbeh-lets-eat-em-all-right-now People across the Levant love their dumplings, even if they can't agree on a name. Some say kubbeh; others say kibbeh. In Egypt, you might hear kobeba.<p>In Jerusalem, there are perhaps as many variations of the kubbeh as there are cultures in the city.<p>One popular version consists of meat wrapped in bulgur, then deep fried. Dip one in tahini for a crunchy snack.<p>But at the Te'amim — or Tastes — cooking camp in Jerusalem, chef Udi Shlomi prefers to teach kids to make kubbeh hamusta.<p>"Hamusta, it means <em>hamuts</em>, vinegary ... very lemony kind of a taste," Shlomi says. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Emily Harris 49230 at http://weku.fm You Say 'Kubbeh,' I Say 'Kibbeh,' Let's Eat 'Em All Right Now Israeli Politician Stirs Up The Religious-Secular Debate http://weku.fm/post/israeli-politician-stirs-religious-secular-debate When <a href="http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/Meet-the-MK-Ruth-Calderon" target="_blank">Ruth Calderon</a> is nervous, she does her nails.<p>"It helps," she grins. "Did you ever try? It puts you together. If you really are nervous you do bright red."<p>Calderon, 51, is a scholar and teacher of Jewish religious texts. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48952 at http://weku.fm Israeli Politician Stirs Up The Religious-Secular Debate The Complications Of Getting Running Water In The West Bank http://weku.fm/post/complications-getting-running-water-west-bank Four enormous water tanks sit high on a hill in the West Bank. These hold the lifeblood for Rawabi, the first planned, privately developed Palestinian community, about 25 miles north of Jerusalem.<p>After five years, the first neighborhood is nearly built. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:07:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48486 at http://weku.fm The Complications Of Getting Running Water In The West Bank A West Bank Spring At The Center Of Deadly Struggle http://weku.fm/post/west-bank-spring-center-deadly-struggle There's a pretty little spring in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where fresh water has dripped from the rock, probably for centuries.<p>Now it is the center of a deadly struggle over land.<p>Israeli teenagers from Halamish, the Jewish settlement a short walk uphill, found the spring several years ago. It flows from a small cave.<p>"The kids were always looking for something to do in the summer," says Shifra Blass, who moved to Halamish, also known as Neveh Tzuf, more than 25 years ago when her husband became the community rabbi. Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:22:00 +0000 Emily Harris 48157 at http://weku.fm A West Bank Spring At The Center Of Deadly Struggle Egyptian Crisis Slows Flow Through Gaza's Smuggling Tunnels http://weku.fm/post/egyptian-crisis-slows-flow-through-gazas-smuggling-tunnels At the very southern end of the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, sweaty men in bare feet carried bags of cement on their backs from a stack near a gaping hole in the ground to a waiting truck.<p>The cement had come through a tunnel from Egypt, a lucky load that made it.<p>Over the past several weeks, Egypt's military has cracked down on the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2012/11/19/165506231/rockets-cigarettes-and-a-lion-just-a-few-of-the-things-smuggled-into-gaza">smuggling tunnels</a> that bring many goods into Gaza.<p>The leader of the cement moving crew wears a T-shirt that say Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:22:00 +0000 Emily Harris 47853 at http://weku.fm Egyptian Crisis Slows Flow Through Gaza's Smuggling Tunnels