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Was Yasser Arafat Murdered?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, died after a mysterious, month-long illness in a French military hospital, eight years ago. Today French, Swiss, and Russian scientists will exhume Arafat's body in Ramallah.

Was Arafat poisoned? How will Arafat's exhumation affect the tenuous peace in the Middle East? Charles Glass is a Middle East expert, journalist and broadcaster. He discusses the investigation, and Arafat's legacy.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Ceasefire agreed in Gaza but will the calm hold?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ceasefire agreed in Gaza but will the calm hold?

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The Takeaway

Israel and Hamas Agree to Cease-Fire

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Israel and Hamas reached a cease-fire agreement that took effect at 9 p.m. local time (2p.m. Eastern). Both Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr formally announced the deal after negotiations took place in Cairo. The conflict has been escalating for the last week, with news of overnight air strikes on Gaza and a bus bombing in Tel Aviv earlier today preceding the announcement. Daniel Kurtzer, a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, explains the significance of the cease-fire.

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The Takeaway

Middle East Peace Negotiations: There and Back Again

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

As Hamas and other groups in Gaza continue to launch rockets into Israel, and the Israeli Defense Forces bomb Gaza, in turn, it's hard to remember that there have been moments of reconciliation, and promises of peace, between Arabs and Israelis. William Quandt, who helped negotiate the Camp David Accords, and Robert Malley, who worked in President Clinton's National Security Council during the Oslo Accords, both have experience negotiating Middle East peace.

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The Takeaway

Palestinian-Americans Experience Unrest in their Homes from Afar

Monday, November 19, 2012

The death toll from fighting between Israel and Hamas continues to rise. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry and our partner The New York Times, the death toll in Palestine death toll had reached 91 as of Monday. Three Israelis have been killed since the beginning of the conflict. Lena Ibrahim is a first generation Palestinian-American and activist.

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The Takeaway

Hamas in the Gaza Strip

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hostilities in the Middle East escalated over the weekend as rockets targeting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza. Rashid Khalidi, professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University, discusses the structure of Hamas and their economic, social, and political role in Gaza.

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The Takeaway

Tensions Escalate after Israeli Air Strikes Kill Hamas Military Leader

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On Wednesday, in response to rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Israel launched a series of air strikes that killed Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari, and, according to health officials in Gaza, nine others. Isabel Kershner, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, reports from the Israel-Gaza border. Aaron David Miller, distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses the current conflict and Israel's position in the evolving Middle East.

“The wanton aggression against Gaza proves that Israel has yet to realize that Egypt has changed and that the Egyptian people who revolted against oppression will not accept assaulting Gaza.”

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The Takeaway

Rare Elections in Palestinian West Bank Highlight All-Female Ticket

Friday, October 19, 2012

Tomorrow the West Bank will hold the first Palestinian elections in six years. How might these elections change life for West Bank residents? Jodi Rudoren, Jerusalem bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, explains.

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Abba Eban Pushes Israel's Application for U.N. Membership

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In 1949, Israel's Abba Eban defends his country against a variety of accusations and urges the United Nations to act favorably on Israel's application for admission to that international body.

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DNC Dispatch: WATCH - Dustup Over Jerusalem in Dem Party Platform

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

So you’re running a political convention. You want excitement. You want Kumbaya. You want above all unity. But on Wednesday night during the early part of the evening session, unity was about to go down the toilet!

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Ralph Bunche Announces Landmark 1949 Arab-Israeli General Armistice Agreement

Friday, August 10, 2012

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In the early hours of February 24, 1949, on the Greek island of Rhodes, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche emerged from the Egyptian-Israeli talks to announce the signing of a General Armistice Agreement.

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The Takeaway

Was Yasser Arafat Poisoned?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

In late 2004, Yasser Arafat had a flu, according to his spokesman. Seventeen days later, he was dead. Conspiracy theories have abounded since then. While doctors insist a severe hemorrhage led to his deadly stroke, others are convinced he was assassinated — by Israel's Mossad, by Palestinian extremists, or even by his own party.  

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On The Media

Local Television Broadcasting in the West Bank

Friday, May 04, 2012

Operating a television station in the occupied West Bank has never been an easy task, with broadcasters facing pressure from both the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government. Palestinian journalist and TV producer Daoud Kuttab tells Brooke about the relatively recent establishment of local Palestinian TV stations and the difficulties they face.

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On The Media

Israeli Raid on Palestinian TV Station

Friday, May 04, 2012

In February, Israeli Defense Forces raided Wattan TV, a local Palestinian station operating out of Ramallah. Brooke speaks to Wattan TV general director Muamar Orabi about the raid and the heartbreak he feels after a decade of work at the station.

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On The Media

The Israeli Ministry that Ordered the Raid

Friday, May 04, 2012

The February raids on two Palestinian TV stations were carried out by Israeli Defense Forces on behalf of the Israeli Ministry of Communications. Brooke speaks with the ministry's director general, Eden Bar Tal, who says Wattan TV was operating illegally and only raided after repeated requests to stop interfering with Israeli frequencies.

 

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Features

Food Coops: The Not-So-Happy Marriage of Organic Produce and Politics

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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In Brooklyn, the Park Slope Coop voted 1005 to 653 not to move forward on a controversial proposal to ban products from Israel Tuesday night.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Analyzing Palestinian Media

Friday, December 09, 2011

Itamar Marcus, Israeli political activist, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, and co-author of the new book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process, discusses his book cataloguing and analyzing Palestinian-Authority controlled media.

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The Takeaway

US Cuts Funding After UNESCO Accepts Palestine

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The United States and Israel are withdrawing contributions to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, after the body voted accepted Palestine as the 195th full member on Monday. The U.S. contributes 22 percent of UNESCO's budget, and Israel provides another three percent. UNESCO's full membership voted 107 to 14 to accept Palestine, with 52 abstentions.

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The Takeaway

Gilad Sharon on His Father's Legacy and Israel's Future

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ariel Sharon served as Israel's prime minister from 2001 to 2006, but Sharon's long career in public service began with Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. Sharon suffered a stroke in 2006, leaving him in a coma-like state. While he is now immobilized, Ariel Sharon leaves a legacy that will no doubt affect his country for decades to come. 

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The Takeaway

Ariel Sharon: The Life of an Unconventional Leader

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gilad Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s youngest son, joins The Takeaway this morning to talk about his new biography of his father. A controversial and polarizing figure, Ariel Sharon dedicated his life to protecting Israel, but how best to preserve his country’s borders became a lifelong question. Sharon lived a life of contradictions. As Minister of Defense in 1982, he was found to be indirectly responsible for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Lebanon by Lebanese Christians. As prime minister, violence between Israelis and Palestinians skyrocketed. Yet his decision to relinquish control of Gaza to the Palestinians in 2005 may yet define his legacy.

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