Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 6:34 am
When you go to the Dead Sea for a float in its extraordinarily buoyant waters, signs warn you not to drink a drop. "Did you swallow water?" one Dead Sea do's and don'ts list asks. "Go immediately to the lifeguard."
Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 10:33 am
People across the Levant love their dumplings, even if they can't agree on a name. Some say kubbeh; others say kibbeh. In Egypt, you might hear kobeba.
In Jerusalem, there are perhaps as many variations of the kubbeh as there are cultures in the city.
One popular version consists of meat wrapped in bulgur, then deep fried. Dip one in tahini for a crunchy snack.
But at the Te'amim â€” or Tastes â€” cooking camp in Jerusalem, chef Udi Shlomi prefers to teach kids to make kubbeh hamusta.
Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 10:10 am
Four enormous water tanks sit high on a hill in the West Bank. These hold the lifeblood for Rawabi, the first planned, privately developed Palestinian community, about 25 miles north of Jerusalem.
After five years, the first neighborhood is nearly built. But developer Bashar al-Masri is worried, because when it comes to water, Israel controls the spigot in the occupied West Bank.
"We're about to have people move into the city," he says, "and we still do not have a solid solution for the water."
Originally published on Sun August 18, 2013 6:20 am
Israel's housing minister has given the green light to build 1,200 apartments in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, complicating newly revived peace talks with the Palestinians.
The decision comes as the two sides prepare for a second round of talks in Jerusalem after a high-level meeting in Washington, D.C., on July 31 â€” the first in five years.
The Associated Press writes:
Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 8:00 am
There's a pretty little spring in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where fresh water has dripped from the rock, probably for centuries.
Now it is the center of a deadly struggle over land.
Israeli teenagers from Halamish, the Jewish settlement a short walk uphill, found the spring several years ago. It flows from a small cave.