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The team at Morcos Nassar Palace. Photo courtesy of L’Arche-Bethlehem, Ma’an lil-Hayat.
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Noga Tarnopolsky
The latest boutique hotel to open its doors in Bethlehem’s Old City, just minutes away from Manger Square, is the Morcos Nassar Palace, which doubles as a humanitarian project unique in Palestine and possibly in the Arab world.
Israeli far-right lawmaker and the head of "Jewish Power" party, Itamar Ben-Gvir visits at Hatikva Market in Tel Aviv during his campaign. Israel's outgoing coalition was one of its most diverse, but the country's incoming coalition is hoping to roll back many of the achievements of the former government. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Judith Sudilovsky
Mere “survival should not be the utmost ambition for a people in democratic countries, but rather prosperity and welfare. I believe that Israel is going to be more Jewish and much less democratic, and we’ll all pay the price for that.”
People carry the body of 12-year-old Mahmoud Samoudi during his funeral in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Oct. 10, 2022.
Politics & SocietyInterviews
Gerard O’Connell
“Jerusalem, especially the Old City with its shrines holy to Muslims, Jews and Christians, is like a powder keg waiting to explode! However, until it does explode, many prefer to simply ignore it.”
Politics & SocietyInterviews
Gerard O’Connell
Israelis will go to the polls on Nov. 1 for the fifth time in less than four years. Will the elections bring any significant change in this divided country, or offer any hope for a resolution to the more than 70-year-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
FaithDispatches
Noga Tarnopolsky
One part of President Joe Biden’s ultra-publicized trip to the Middle East took place in private, away from the eyes of any of the journalists who accompanied him on the five-day visit.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Four years after the Holy See and China reached a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, Archbishop Paul Gallagher says the results are “not terribly impressive.”