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Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022.
Politics & SocietyNews
Laurie Kellman—Associated PressAreej Hazboun - Associated Press
Shireen Abu Akleh—a Palestinian-American, a Catholic and a 25-year veteran of Al Jazeera’s satellite channel—was shot Wednesday while covering an Israeli military raid in the Jenin refugee camp.
A Palestinian flag in Silwan, one of the few neighborhoods in East Jerusalem were large numbers of Palestinians still reside. (iStock/DZarzycka)  
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jeff Wright
For more than a decade, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem has suffered noise and damages to homes from excavation work for a “Bible Park,” and residents fear they will be pushed out entirely.
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Politics & SocietyShort Take
Drew Christiansen
The nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT) was written for a Cold War standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It can only be effective now if it includes new nuclear powers like Israel.
FaithDispatches
Judith Sudilovsky
Since chef Fadi Kattan was a child getting underfoot in his grandmother’s kitchen, the preparation and communal eating of the burbara pudding has been a pre-Christmas symbol of the coming of the holiday on the Palestinian West Bank.
Fireworks illuminate the Church of the Nativity as Palestinians light a Christmas tree at Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec. 4, 2021. (CNS photo/Mussa Qawasma, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
Patriarch Sabbah: “When you celebrate Christmas, remember that in Bethlehem, in Jerusalem, life is not a Christmas life. It is not the blessed life of the new redeemed humanity. The song of the Angels is far away.”
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The Vatican issued a statement insisting that it is “absolutely necessary to reactivate direct dialogue” between Israelis and Palestinians “to achieve a two-state solution.”