To provide tourists with a diverse perspective of the region, some tour companies are starting to include both Israeli and Palestinian guides, who see cities like Tel Aviv through very different eyes.
Based in Jerusalem, Lauren Gelfond Feldinger is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and a recipient of the Search for Common Ground Middle East journalism prize and the North American Travel Journalists Association travel writing award. Her writings about conflict resolution, reconciliation, minorities, the politics of cultural heritage, and human and civil rights have appeared in such publications as The Daily Beast, The Art Newspaper in London, Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post Magazine, and have been quoted in more than one dozen nonfiction books.
A new online initiative hopes to instill leadership skills and a sense of moderation at the grassroots level across the Middle East.
The sixteenth-century town of Lifta is one of few pre-1948 villages that remain uninhabited, but it's threatened by development.