Photo of Israeli Arabs in a coffee shop near an election campaign poster showing Israeli Politician Ahmad Tibi of the Joint List in Tira, Israel

Arab Voters Key to Blocking Netanyahu-Led Hard-Line Majority

TIRA, Israel — A surge in Arab voter turnout was key to depriving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his nationalist allies of a parliamentary majority in this week’s Israeli election. “He’s a little racist and talked trash about Arabs, Arabs, Arabs. He ...
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Thousands Mark Christmas in West Bank Town of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Tuesday flocked to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, celebrating Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. “We love this opportunity. We have 40 people and many of them are from the U.S. a...
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Palestinians in Bethlehem Look Beyond Religious Tourism

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel. But in recent years a ne...
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Israel’s West Bank Settlements: 4 Questions Answered

Editor’s note: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Nov. 18 said that Israel’s settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law. That pleased Israeli Jews who see the territory as rightfully theirs and infuriated the Palestinians who live there ...