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Pollution from coal power plants contributes to far more deaths than scientists realized, study shows

A national security expert explains what the cease-fire deal means for Israel, Hamas and the remaining hostages

Coverage of the Israel-Hamas war has focused on what’s happening in Gaza. Israel forces have killed an estimated 14,000 Palestinians in the enclave since Oct. 7, when Hamas stormed into Israel, killing more than 1,200 people and taking over 200 hostages. While Gaza is certainly where most of the fighting is, it’s not the only Palestinian territory seeing a surge in violence. There have been over 200 settler attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank over the past month or so, displacing whole villages and killing at least 180 people.

In one of last week’s articles that engaged readers the most, University of Richmond’s Dana El Kurd connects what is happening in Gaza to the West Bank, describing it as part of an “an Israeli policy of ignoring Palestinian national claims altogether.”

“This policy disregards political solutions and pursues violent ones,” she writes. “The policy has not just taken hold in Israel but has been facilitated by American and Arab support.”

Bryan Keogh

Managing Editor

West Bank’s settler violence problem is a second sign that Israel’s policy of ignoring Palestinians’ drive for a homeland isn’t a long-term solution

Dana El Kurd, University of Richmond

While the war in Gaza has riveted public attention, the simultaneous escalation of violence by Israeli settlers in the West Bank is not disconnected from the violence in Gaza.

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Airlines are frustrating travelers by changing frequent flyer program rules – here’s why they keep doing it

Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University; H. Sami Karaca, Boston University

Loyalty schemes tend to be the most generous when the economy has hit a patch of turbulence.

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