Building in Kufr Aqab East Jerusalem (photo Mya Guarnieri)

Unruly building engulfs East Jerusalem life

Al Jazeera English, May 4, 2013 Every day, investors knock on the door of a small home in Kufr Aqab, a village on the Palestinian side of the separation wall but inside Jerusalem municipal borders. The tidy, one-storey, two-room house is surrounded by new apartment buildings, some reaching nine stories high. Contractors are currently finishing …

John Kerry street art portrait

Don’t expect much, if anything, from John Kerry’s visit

New York Times Room for Debate, March 27, 2013 The previous secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, thought that making efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were, as one Israeli news media outlet put it, “a waste of time.” Clinton delegated the task to George Mitchell — a sure sign that she did not expect …