Isabel Kershner

New York Times reporter

Isabel Kershner appears in the following:

Israeli Airstrike Launched on Damascus Target

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Israeli warplanes launched an attack on a convoy in Syria early Wednesday morning in what was believed to be a strike targeting a convoy carrying weaponry intended for Hezbollah's militia. Isabel Kershner, reporter for our partner The New York Times, explains what's behind the attack.


Tensions Escalate after Israeli Air Strikes Kill Hamas Military Leader

Thursday, November 15, 2012

On Wednesday, in response to rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Israel launched a series of air strikes that killed Hamas military leader Ahmed al-Jabari, and, according to health officials in Gaza, nine others. Isabel Kershner, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, reports from the Israel-Gaza border. Aaron David Miller, distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, discusses the current conflict and Israel's position in the evolving Middle East.

“The wanton aggression against Gaza proves that Israel has yet to realize that Egypt has changed and that the Egyptian people who revolted against oppression will not accept assaulting Gaza.”

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Attacks on Israeli Embassy Personnel

Monday, February 13, 2012

Today in India an explosion tore through an Israeli diplomat's car on the streets of New Delhi, Israeli officials said. The driver and a diplomat's wife were injured. The explosion took place close to the Israeli embassy. Meanwhile in Tiblisi, Georgia Israel's Foreign Ministry said an attempted car bombing in Georgia was thwarted. 


A Religious War Inside Israel

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tensions between ultra-Orthodox Haredim and more secular Israelis have been growing over the past year. With strict codes in regards to clothing, observance of the Sabbath, and male-female interactions, this 1 million-strong segment of the population has become increasingly vocal about its displeasure with what it perceives as an insufficiently observant state. Specifically, the majority of this animosity has been focused on women.

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Syrian-Israel Border Protests Shift Attention From Government Conflict

Monday, June 06, 2011

At least twenty people lay dead at the Israeli border at Golan Heights after Israeli troops opened fire on more than one thousand Syrian protesters who stormed the border. Officially the demonstrations were being held to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Arab defeat in the Mideast war. It was the second outbreak of deadly violence in the border region in the past month. But both Israeli officials and anti-regime activists in Syria are calling the border protests a sham and media stunt, instigated to draw attention away from the hard-handed government shutdown of protests within Syria.


Planned Israeli Settlement Expansion Complicates Peace Process

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

As President Obama wraps up his trip in Asia, news out of the Middle East is threatening to distract from whatever progress he might have made this past week on the international stage. Israel has announced plans to expand a Jewish district of Jerusalem captured in the 1967 war. The Palestinians have said this district belongs to their future state.

Isabel Kershner
is a reporter for our partner The New York Times. She reported on the story, and she joins us from Jerusalem.


U.S. to boycott international conference on racism over Israel concerns

Monday, April 20, 2009

Washington has confirmed it will boycott a United Nations forum on racism in Geneva because of differences over Israel and the likening of Zionism to racism. The boycott was prompted by concerns that the conference would be a flashback to the initial world summit meeting against racism in 2001 in Durban, South Africa, which critics said served as a platform to bash Israel. Those fears were confirmed when Iran's President just called Israel a 'racist government' at the start of the meeting, prompting Western delegates to walk out. For more we turn to the New York Times' Isabel Kershner, who is in Jerusalem and watching this conference closely.

For more, read Isabel Kershner's article, As U.N. Racism Conference Opens, Israel Recalls Envoy, in today's New York Times.


Hope for a cease-fire ends in mortar fire

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Hours before a cease-fire proposal was ratcheted together by Egypt and France, Israel launched its single deadliest attack in Gaza. The mortar fire hit a school run by the United Nations. At least 30 Palestinians, who were seeking refuge in the school, were killed. Israel claims the targeting was in response to rocket fire from within the school. Needless to say, the U.N. is ticked off. Joining us with details is the New York Times' Isabel Kershner on her way to Gaza.

For more, read Isabel Kershner's article Israel Halts Attack Briefly to Allow Aid Into Gaza in today's New York Times.