The World's Matthew Bell reports on what Egypt's opening of the Rafah border crossing into the Gaza Strip means for Palestinians living there. For one thing, elderly Palestinians can visit families they haven't seen in years.
New archaeological research on camel bones clarifies when the beasts of burden were domesticated in ancient Israel. The science is cool, but it throws several Bible/Torah stories into doubt. Or does it? PRI's The World's history guy, Chris Woolf, investigates.
Clashes broke out in Jerusalem on Wednesday after the murder of a Palestinian teenagers. His death came shortly after the bodies of three missing Israeli teens were found near Hebron this week, and the killings have ratcheted up tensions in Israel and Palestine to new heights.
Violence has been rising over the last two weeks as Israel and Hamas reacted to the killing of four teenagers — one Palestinian and three Israelis. Today, Israel launched an offensive against the Hamas-run Gaza Strip that it is calling Operation Protective Edge, in response to rocket attacks against Israeli cities and towns.
Just as in past rounds of violence between Israel and Hamas, it is Palestinian civilians who are paying the highest price. After four days of Israeli bombardment, more than 100 Palestinians are now dead — and many of them are non-combatants.