A Real-Life Samaritan Leader Explains What It Means to Be a Good Samaritan

There are less than 1,000 Samaritans living in the world today. Community secretary Mabrook Ishaq is one of them. He told us his story.
Mabrook Ishaq

Death of a Stone-Thrower: Intifada 3.0 (Dispatch 4)

Tension builds in Israel and the West Bank with three new stabbing attacks on Israelis reported on Saturday, and the funeral for a young Palestinian stone-thrower killed by Israeli forces in Nablus.
war and conflict

West Bank Jewish Shrine Set Ablaze as Abbas Calls for Calm

Israel's military said about 100 people converged on Joseph's tomb in the Palestinian city of Nablus. They were pushed back by Palestinian security forces, but not before setting parts of it ablaze.
Reuters and VICE News

A Trip to the West Bank's Cheesy Dessert Capital

I recently traveled to the West Bank town of Nablus, the home of one of the Middle East's favorite desserts: a cheesy, obscenely sweet pastry known as knafeh.
Ilan Ben Zion

Black Tahini Is the Dark Magic of Palestine

In the ancient city of Nablus in the West Bank, Palestinians make an inky black version of tahini called qizha that's just about impossible to source outside of the region. Finding it has become a minor personal obsession.
Luke Pyenson
middle east

Small-Town Palestinians Are Fighting the Israeli Occupation With Their Cameras

In small Palestinian towns ignored by most news outlets, citizen journalists have grabbed cameras to document clashes with Israeli soldiers.
Sheren Khalel and Matthew Vickery

Two Palestinians Killed by Israeli Soldiers as Tensions Escalate

The two Palestinians — one was 15 years old — were killed by Israeli forces Friday amid escalating tensions over raids in the West Bank.
Alice Speri
middle east

Search for Missing Teens Leads to Largest Israeli Military Escalation Since the Second Intifada

The manhunt for the teens led to raids and hundreds of arrests — including of prisoners who had been released in exchange for Gilad Shalit.
Alice Speri
middle east

Israel Stops the First Suspected Suicide Bombing in Years, IDF Says

Israeli security forces said they arrested a man wearing a bomb belt in the West Bank — the first suspected suicide attacker since 2008.
Alice Speri