Dream of a Palestinian Tiger: Boom Times in the West Bank

Dream of a Palestinian Tiger: Boom Times in the West Bank

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 27, 2011

With five-star hotels, booming high-tech companies and a modern, new city under construction near Ramallah, the West Bank is preparing for the future. Local entrepreneurs speculate that if the Palestinians ever gain independence, their country could become a leader in the region. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...

The World from Berlin: Obama's Middle East Policy 'Marked by Ridiculous Zigzagging'

The World from Berlin: Obama's Middle East Policy 'Marked by Ridiculous Zigzagging'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 09, 2010

The Middle East peace process has been left floundering after Washington admitted its efforts to get the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table have failed. German editorialists take a dim view of President Obama's approach. more...

Shortcut Through the West Bank: German Rail Under Fire for Controversial Israeli Project

Shortcut Through the West Bank: German Rail Under Fire for Controversial Israeli Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2010

Peace activists have strongly criticized a planned high-speed rail line in Israel that will cut through the West Bank and deprive Palestinian communities of land. A subsidiary of Germany's national rail operator apparently helped plan the line, and critics claim they must have known about the controversial route. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...

Double Pay for Betrayal: The Palestinian Workers Who Build Israel's Settlements

Double Pay for Betrayal: The Palestinian Workers Who Build Israel's Settlements

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2010

Like many thousands of his compatriots, Palestinian carpenter Haitham Asfur has a politically contentious job: He lays tiles for the enemy. He works on construction projects in the divisive Jewish settlements that currently threaten to derail peace negotiations. By Ulrike Putz in Sinjil more...

The Settlements of Hebron: A Stumbling Block for Middle East Peace Talks

The Settlements of Hebron: A Stumbling Block for Middle East Peace Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2010

Hebron is the West Bank in miniature. While diplomats and leaders seek to find a path to Middle East peace, Jewish settlers in the heart of the West Bank's second biggest city insist that they are going nowhere. Indeed, their thirst for settlement construction is far from sated. By Ulrike Putz in Hebron more...

An Unsettled Issue: Israeli Settlement Construction Booms Despite Ban

An Unsettled Issue: Israeli Settlement Construction Booms Despite Ban

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 03, 2010

In Washington, the Israelis and Palestinians are discussing peace, but in the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, construction is proceeding at full speed. A legal ban is being ignored and the government is looking away. The thousands of new homes could hinder reconciliation. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt in Jerusalem more...

US Cash for Israeli Settlements: Making a Mockery of the Moratorium

US Cash for Israeli Settlements: Making a Mockery of the Moratorium

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 23, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have declared a freeze on new settlements, but construction is continuing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Settlers are receiving contributions from American foundations that enjoy tax breaks, including Christian groups that see Biblical prophecies being fulfilled. By Gregor Peter Schmitz and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

'Made in Israel': EU Court Allows Duties on Products from the Settlements

'Made in Israel': EU Court Allows Duties on Products from the Settlements

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2010

Europe's highest court ruled on Thursday that Israeli products manufactured in settlements in occupied Palestinian territories are not exempt from paying EU customs duties. Though nominally a finding on a trade-related matter, the decision has much wider political implications. more...

Gaza Love Story: The Bride Who Crawled Through a Tunnel

Gaza Love Story: The Bride Who Crawled Through a Tunnel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2009

He lived in the Gaza Strip, she in the West Bank. It seemed as though the Israeli blockade would prevent their marriage. Then May risked her life to crawl through a smugglers' tunnel into Gaza and join Mohammed. Now they face an uncertain future together. By Ulrike Putz in Nuseirat, the Gaza Strip more...

Creeping Construction Boom: Jewish Settlements Threaten Viability of Palestinian State

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2009

While politicians in Jerusalem squabble with the Americans over halting the construction of new settlements in the West Bank, the settlers themselves are quietly proceeding with construction in a bid to create a fait accompli on the ground. The radical young generation is even digging caves as outposts. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...