Matthew Gutman


Arabic-Speaking Nebbish Hits Prime-Time Television in Israel

By Matthew Gutman

Arabic-Speaking Nebbish Hits Prime-Time Television in Israel
Amjad Alayan is Israeli television’s first Arab sitcom hero — a term applied loosely here, since the bespectacled Amjad is, well, a nebbish. Think George Costanza of “Seinfeld” fame with an Arabic twist.Read More


In Lawless Nablus, the Law Changes at Sundown

By Matthew Gutman

In Lawless Nablus, the Law Changes at Sundown
Tawfiq Kalboni fidgets with some wayward bills. A moneylender in this central West Bank city, Kalboni, 42, owed another moneylender about $150,000. When he failed to pay, he said, the creditor collected on the debt, Nablus style. Five weeks ago, masked gunmen kidnapped his 14-year-old son from the doorstep of his house.Read More


Jerusalem Offers Aid After Holocaust Survivors March On Israel’s Streets

By Matthew Gutman

Jerusalem Offers Aid After Holocaust Survivors March On Israel’s Streets
After an acrimonious summer-long debate about Israel’s treatment of its Holocaust survivors, the Israeli government inked a controversial deal Sunday that will provide millions of dollars in financial aid to some survivors.Read More


Along Green Line, Both Sides Try To Work It Out

By Matthew Gutman

Just outside this northern West Bank city, the groundwork is being laid for the first Israeli-Palestinian free-trade zone along the route of the security barrier separating Israel from the West Bank.Read More


Islamic Jihad Blazes a Bloody Trail in Bid for Dominance

By Matthew Gutman

HEBRON — Fresh off a string of bloody attacks, the local cell of Islamic Jihad here is tying Palestinian officials in knots even as it has earned the respect of many Palestinians for the audacity of its sorties and its unrelenting fight against the Jewish state.Consisting of no more than several score fighters, the Iranian-financedRead More



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