• In this Thursday Oct. 20, 2016 photo, Palestinian producer May Odeh, holds the Sunbird Short Film Award trophy for the film entitled “Izriqaq (Blued),” during the Days Of Cinema awards ceremony, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Filmlab, a Palestinian nonprofit backed by European partners, has launched a new cinema prize in an attempt to encourage the local filmmaking industry and cinema culture in the Palestinian territories. The film organization hopes the “Sunbird Prize” will become the Palestinian version of the Oscars. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    Palestinians aim to promote local cinema with new award

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian film organization has launched a new cinema award in an attempt to stimulate the local filmmaking industry and promote cinema culture in the Palestinian territories.

  • In this Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 photo, the high priest of the ancient Samaritan community Abdullah Wasef Tawfiq poses for a photo inside his house, during their celebrations of the week-long biblical holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of Tabernacles, on Mount Gerizim, overlooking the West Bank city of Nablus. In the Bible, God commands the people of Israel to build huts symbolizing the Israelites’ encampments as they wandered the desert following the exodus from Egypt. Unlike the outdoor huts Jews construct on the holiday, Samaritans build exquisite canopies of densely packed fruit, which are attached to metal frames and perched on stilts or suspended from living room ceilings. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    In the West Bank, Samaritans provide a sanctuary

    MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank (AP) — In one of the tensest corners of the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in separate worlds. But there is a spot on the top of a mountain that connects them both: a village of Samaritans.