Paving Zion to put up a parking lot

Intifada fans can breathe a little more easily. Just when it seemed as though no amount of building in Israel’s settlements and harsh statements at the United Nations by the country’s foreign minister could truly provoke new violence between Israelis and Palestinians, the Jerusalem municipality came up with something guaranteed to steam up some hotheads. […]

Motor sport, Palestinian style

Their politics might be spinning wheels, but Palestinians are revving engines on the race track. NABLUS, West Bank — For a change, the Palestinians gathered on the main street of Nablus were happy to be going around in circles. Palestinian politics makes a lot of noise, only to end up spinning its wheels, moving no […]

Born Hamas, turned Shin Bet

How the son of a Hamas founder ended up an Israeli agent, as told by the “Green Prince” himself. (I posted this on GlobalPost) RAMALLAH, West Bank — Parents often lament that their kids don’t follow them into their chosen professions. They ought to think themselves lucky. They could be Sheikh Hassan Youssef, a founder […]