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The Takeaway

Gilad Shalit and the Future of the Middle East

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. While Shalit may be on his way home, what the prisoner swap means for the future of the Palestinian leadership and the Middle East peace process is far from clear.

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The Takeaway

A Palestinian Reaction to the Hamas-Israel Prisoner Swap

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. Many Israelis support the swap, but Arnold Roth, who was on The Takeaway yesterday, does not. Roth lost his daughter in 2001 to a Palestinian suicide bomber. The woman who drove that bomber is one of the 477 set to be released today.

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The Takeaway

477 Palestinian Prisoners to Be Freed

Monday, October 17, 2011

Israel released the names of the 477 Palestinian prisoners it will free on Tuesday in exchange for captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held by Hamas since 2006. Most of the prisoners were serving life sentences for violent crimes, including murder. About 200 of the prisoners will not be allowed to return home, and will be exiled to Qatar and Turkey. A poll by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth found nearly 79 percent of Israelis support the swap.

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The Takeaway

Israel and Hamas Agree to Prisoner Swap

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A deal brokered by Egypt between Israel and Hamas to free a thousand Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release of an Israeli soldier, Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit finds all sides benefiting politically. Shalit has been held captive for more than 5 years — making him a powerful symbol of national anguish for Israelis. Not all the details of the deal have been released, but a Hamas spokesmen claims that among the Palestinian prisoners to be released is Marwan Barghouti. Barghouti is a Fatah leader widely viewed as a potential successor to President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Studio 360

Museum Cancels Exhibit of Palestinian Kids’ Art

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is back on the front pages this week. The Palestinian Authority is seeking admission as a member state to the United Nations and emotions are running high — even about an exhibit at a tiny museum in Oakland, California. This weekend, the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) planned to open an exhibition ...

Slideshow: Work from “A Child’s View from Gaza”

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Palestine, Turkey, Hong Kong

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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The Takeaway

US Discourages Palestinians' UN Statehood Campaign

Thursday, September 22, 2011

On Wednesday, President Obama made clear his opposition to the Palestinian National Authority's bid for statehood through the United Nations Security Council. "Ultimately it is the Israelis and the Palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on issues that divide them," Obama said. Israel has criticized the Palestinian Authority's efforts as undermining the peace process, and the United States has been leading the pressure against the PA's application. Will Obama's remarks affect other countries' approaches to the bid? And what are the Palestinian Authority's chances at statehood anyway?

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It's A Free Country ®

Transcript: Obama Addresses UN General Assembly

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: I would like to talk to you about a subject that is at the heart of the United Nations – the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world.

War and conflict have been with us since the beginning of civilization. But ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

U.N. Vote Explainer

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Assistant professor at American University's School of International Service, contributing writer at Foreign Policy magazine and author of Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World, David Bosco, talks about the procedural issues around the expected Palestinian statehood vote in the U.N.

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The Takeaway

Protests at UN Over Palestinian Statehood Bid

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Among the multitude of serious issues facing this week's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, none has been the focus of as much attention as the Palestinian bid for statehood. The Palestinians will ask for UN membership, something the General Assembly anticipated in Resolution 181 in 1947, which partitioned Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. Many groups are protesting outside the UN headquarters in New York in advance of the application.

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The Takeaway

Palestinians Take Case for Statehood to the United Nations

Monday, September 19, 2011

As the Palestinians appeal to the U.N. to become a state, we look at recent examples and ask what makes a state? And what are the implications of becoming one?

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Interest Rates, Taxing the Wealthy, Palestine

Monday, September 19, 2011

This week, Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve will hold a rare two-day meeting to decide on interest rates, which are currently close to zero. Meanwhile, President Obama will release details of his deficit reduction plan this morning, and one key component is taxing the wealthy, which has many Republicans screaming "class warfare." The Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting begins tomorrow, and the primary topic of discussion will be jobs, as unemployment and poverty prove to be an ever-increasing global problem. Later in the week, the Palestinian Authority will ask the United Nations Security Council for full membership, which the U.S. has already said they will veto.

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On Being

Sari Nusseibeh — The Evolution of Change [remix]

Thursday, September 15, 2011

We experience a vision of caution and hope planted in a long view of Arab and Palestinian history, culture, and time in Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh. His personal story is steeped in layers of identity and, as he says, living legend, which shape

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On Being

[Unedited] Sari Nusseibeh with Krista Tippett

Thursday, September 15, 2011

We experience a vision of caution and hope planted in a long view of Arab and Palestinian history, culture, and time in Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh. His personal story is steeped in layers of identity and, as he says, living legend, which shape

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The Takeaway

Israel's Diplomatic Crisis Continues

Monday, September 12, 2011

Egyptian protesters surrounded Israel's embassy in Cairo on Saturday, prompting Israel to deploy military jets to rescue their diplomats there. A clash between police and demonstrators ensued. The protests were in response to Israel's military killing five Egyptian policemen on the Gaza border last month, as Israeli forces pursued militants who had killed eight Israelis.

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Features

Group Wants Park Slope Food Coop to Consider Boycott of Israeli Products

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Coop members will vote to approve or reject a member-initiated proposal to hold a referendum about joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at its general meeting on Tuesday night at Brooklyn Tech High School.

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The Takeaway

Palestinian Authority Faces Budget Crisis

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A confluence of economic crises plaguing the Palestinian Authority are threatening to derail a number of efforts to unify and legitimize the emerging state. State employees have seen their salaries halved in recent weeks as the Palestinian government has struggled to pay its bills. Palestinian banks are refusing to loan the state any more money, and aid from Arab nations has dried up. Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, reported on this story for today's paper.

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It's A Free Country ®

J Street and the New Zionism

Thursday, July 21, 2011

To favor a Palestinian state and the creation of it on those lines is a fundamentally pro-Israel position, because Israel isn’t going to make it as a Jewish home and as a democracy if we don’t give up part of the land.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street and JStreetPAC and the author of A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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On Being

Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq — Pleasure More Than Hope [remix]

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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On Being

[Unedited] Amahl Bishara with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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