West Bank

Structures built by the Nabateans more than two millennia ago, like this remnant at Mada’in Salih, Saudi Arabia, rival those of ancient Rome and Greece.

Out of Eden Walk: Walking to the Holy Land

Out of Eden Walk

National Geographic Explorer Paul Salopek has been recreating the journey, on foot, of the first humans. He tells host Marco Werman about his walk, in 2013, through Jordan into the Israeli occupied West Bank, lands that are both ancient and now part of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

An Israeli flag on the surrounding wall of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Migdalim near the Palestinian town of Nablus, Oct. 25, 2021.

US places rare visa travel restrictions on Israeli settlers implicated in West Bank violence

Israel-Hamas war
A video still from an athletic center in Ramallah, in the West Bank, where hundreds of Palestinian workers from the Gaza Strip are stranded.

For Palestinians, the fear of displacement cuts deep

Israel-Hamas war
Palestinian protesters fly Palestinian flags and flags of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, DFLP, during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the entrance the Jewish settlement of Beit El, background near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The politics of Ireland’s enduring support for Palestinians

Conflict & Justice
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda speaks at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, in this this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo.

Israel has a stake in Biden administration’s decision to lift ICC sanctions

A view of Shuafat refugee camp is seen behind section of Israel's separation barrier in Jerusalem, June 19, 2020.

Why a leading Israeli rights group is calling Israel an ‘apartheid’ state

Hagai El-Ad, executive director of B’Tselem, joined The World’s host Carol Hills to discuss the significance of the term “apartheid.”

signing ceremony

Palestinians worry about the impact of the Abraham Accords. They say it’s time to elect new leaders.

Global Politics

President Donald Trump hosted a signing ceremony on Tuesday with Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The new alliances have left some Palestinians wondering if it’s time for new leadership.

A photo of the West Bank.

Former US ambassador: Israel would be ‘making itself an international outlaw’ with West Bank annexation


The annexation process could start as soon as next week, despite widespread condemnation from Palestinians, US-Arab allies and numerous foreign governments.

Palestinian residents of the village of Fasayil in the Jordan Valley sit together for an afternoon tea break.

Israeli plans for annexation weigh heavily on Jordan Valley residents

Global Politics

Under a United States peace plan unveiled earlier this year, Israel had the US’s green light to annex large parts of the West Bank. If that happens, life for the Palestinians and Israeli settlers who live there could get even more complicated.

Mike Pompeo in a suit and face mask in front of a plane and the US and Israeli flags

Pompeo visits Israel; Europe wants a summer travel season; Lebanon counters second virus wave

Top of The World

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Israel, where Iran, China and the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories is on the agenda. Europe is optimistic about a summer travel season. But Lebanon, facing a potential resurgence of the novel coronavirus, has locked down. And Malaysia is applying lessons from its experience with the Nipah virus. In Shanghai, Disneyland is reopened — but pandemic precautions are making their mark on the magical place.