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Beersheba -- Where Abraham Swore an Oath: Near Israel's Fraught Border With Gaza on the Looney Front, Part 3

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Today, Beersheba is a modern university town of some 200,000 people, at 25 miles from the Gaza strip further than either Sderot or Netivot, though still within range of incoming grad rockets that have at times pummelled the city.

Netivot -- The Varanasi of Israel: Israel's Fraught Border With Gaza on the Looney Front, Part 2

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.29.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If Sderot is known as the Bomb Shelter Capital of the World (previous blog) Netivot, eight miles further south along the fraught border with Gaza, has been called the Varanasi of Israel, likened to Hinduism's holiest city because of its links to Jewish mysticism and miracles.

Sderot, Bomb Shelter Capital of the World: Israel's Fraught Border With Gaza on the Looney Front (Part 1)

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.24.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

This photo documentary on the Israeli border town of Sderot is not intended to get into the political argument between Israel and Palestine over who is right and who is wrong but merely to take a walk through a town that has earned the title of Bomb Shelter Capital of the World for its ubiquitous reinforced shelters against the hailstorm of rockets and mortars from Gaza.

Despite Rockets and Tunnels, Israeli Farmers Remain Hopeful

Anav Silverman | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

Originally from Argentina, Cohen is the head of the kibbutz's emergency response team and is among the 60 kibbutz members who have remained on the kibbutz despite the rocket fire and Hamas infiltrations into the region.

Israel's Most Fortified City Celebrates Hanukkah

Anav Silverman | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Anav Silverman

A menorah made of Qassam rockets fired at Sderot is about to be lit as the rain stops. The rocket menorah has come to symbolize the city's own Hanukkah miracle -- one where the resilience and faith of a community can overcome difficult times.

Mubarak's Turn

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary S. Chafetz

Today, the situation in Egypt is not so dissimilar to that of October 6, 1981 at 1 pm. Back then, Mubarak was vice president and Anwar Sadat was president. Now, nearly 30 years later, it's Mubarak's turn.

The Family That Shows Why There Needs To Be a Naval Blockade on Gaza

Jacob Shrybman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Shrybman

Iris's maternal instincts made her remove her kids from the daily horror of the Sderot rocket reality. Today, under a larger missile threat, Iris's maternal instincts are standing up against immense international pressure to lift the Gaza naval blockade.

The Gaza Flotilla Is Not What It Seemed

Jacob Shrybman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Shrybman

The next rocket escalation will be wrongly legitimized by events like this Gaza Flotilla just as the second intifada full of suicide bombings on public buses was legitimized by a mere visit to the Jewish Temple Mount by Ariel Sharon in 2000.

Tweeting Terror

Jacob Shrybman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Shrybman

The military wing of the terrorist organization Hamas has a Twitter account. You can simply "Follow" them on your personal account because Twitter refused to remove Hamas' account.

The Racist Israeli Fascist in Me

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In all the blindingly complex bazaar of the Middle East equation, it really comes down to one word: rockets.

My Military's Moral Low

Simcha Leventhal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Simcha Leventhal

As a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, I am stunned that the soldiers of my country are firing artillery into a densely populated city.

Israel, Hamas, Gaza: Plenty of Us in America Just Need to Shut Up

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Quigg

Something labeled "Subject: Fwd: Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party" showed up in my inbox Monday night.

Day 10: Gaza Burning

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Fighting is still raging in the Gaza Strip after Israel launched its ground offensive on the territory. Al Shifa Hospital has run out of beds to accommodate the injured as a result of the intense Israeli shelling.

Gazans Fire 11 Rockets Into Israel, 48 Hours Before Truce Ends

Israel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday fired eleven Qassam rockets at the western Negev. The barrage came just days before a six-month-o...