Saudi soccer team visits West Bank for 1st time
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national soccer team has arrived in the West Bank for its first match in the Palestinian territories.
Abbas slams US for ‘depriving peace process of credibility’
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took to the world stage on Thursday to slam the United States for "depriving the peace process of any credibility" and undermining...
Case stalled months after an aborted deportation to Israel
SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — The ankle bracelet is again around the leg of Abdelhaleem Ashqar, just as it was nearly 15 years ago when he ran for the presidency of the Palestinian territories from his...
Palestinian women protest after suspected honor killing
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinian women held a demonstration in the West Bank on Monday to demand an investigation into the death of a 21-year-old woman who many suspect was the...
The Latest: Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):
Israel's national rescue agency says a 17-year-old Israeli girl died...
Palestinian police vow to crack down on planned LGBT event
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have threatened to arrest anyone involved in a gathering planned by LGBT activists and have called on people to come forward with information about...
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry says it has instituted new social media guidelines and disciplined personnel after anti-Israel tweets were "liked" by the official Twitter account of the...
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it has opened an investigation after learning that the official Twitter account of the country's mission to the Palestinian territories had...
Third season of Israeli hit ‘Fauda’ ventures into Gaza Strip
JERUSALEM (AP) — The creators of Israel's hit TV show "Fauda," the action series that chronicles the adventures of undercover Israeli commando operatives in the Palestinian territories, are...
Mideast peace plan hopes dim amid Israeli political crisis
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to push the Trump administration's long-awaited...
Trump team faces tough audiences as it sells Mideast plan
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump's top Mideast advisers face skeptical audiences as they visit several locations in the region and in Europe starting Tuesday to rally support for what they...
Rejecting taboos, Palestinian businessman welcomes US plan
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian businessman who flouts political taboos by working with Israeli settlers in the West Bank could soon have a role in President Donald Trump's Middle East peace...
Palestinians say US conference doomed without political plan
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister said Monday that any American peace plan that ignores the Palestinian people's aspirations for an independent state is doomed to...
US to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic...
Iconic Palestinian robe fashions a new political symbol
JERUSALEM (AP) — The traditional brightly embroidered dress of Palestinian women known as the "thobe" was not the type of garment one would expect to become a pop political symbol.
Now it's gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, competing even with the classic keffiyeh — the headscarf donned by young stone-throwing Palestinian men protesting Israel's occupation.
New Palestinian political body aims to rival Abbas, Hamas
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Five Palestinian factions are forming a new political body in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the political duopoly of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and the Islamic movement Hamas.
The factions announced the formation of "The Democratic Caucus" at a news conference on Thursday, with the stated aim of challenging the two main Palestinian political parties.
UN food program announces service cuts to Palestinians
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United Nations' World Food Program says it will be cutting services to nearly 200,000 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip due to a lack of funding.
The WFP said in a statement Wednesday it needs another $57 million to continue providing for 360,000 impoverished Palestinians in 2019.
Of those affected by the budget shortages, 27,000 Palestinians in the West Bank will lose food service, and another 166,000 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will receive reduced services.
Int’l court prosecutor reports progress in Palestinian probe
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors intend to complete "as early as possible" a long-running preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes in the Palestinian territories, according to a report issued Wednesday.
Israel places new restrictions on Gaza after protests
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel announced new restrictions on Gaza Saturday, weeks after the territory's Hamas rulers stepped up protests along the enclave's land and sea borders with Israel.
Trump, at UN, backs separate states for Israel, Palestinians
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the first time since taking office, President Donald Trump endorsed a two-state solution as the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as he met Wednesday at the U.N. with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — As the teacher pointed to the large touch screen, her first-grade classroom came alive. With the click of a link, an animated character popped up on the screen, singing and dancing as it taught the children how to read.
Palestinians sort through 8 years of mail held by Israel
JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank are sifting through eight years' worth of undelivered mail held by Israel.
In recent days the Palestinian postal staff in Jericho has been sorting through tons of undelivered mail in a room packed with letters, boxes and even a wheelchair.
The Latest: Hamas says Gaza cease-fire reached
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):
The Hamas militant group says a cease-fire has been reached to end the latest round of fighting with Israel.
Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV channel reported late Thursday that a cease-fire has taken hold "on the basis of mutual calm." It said the deal was mediated by Egypt and other regional players.
Prince William tours Jerusalem on final day of royal visit
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prince William toured sensitive Jerusalem holy sites on Thursday and paid a pilgrimage to the tomb of his great-grandmother on the final day of his historic royal visit to the Middle East.
The Duke of Cambridge's Jerusalem leg was by far the most charged of his five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories — the first official visit of a member of the British royal family — as he ventured into the heart of world religion and regional politics.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Prince William's visit to Israel (all times local):
Prince William says he hopes to learn more about the Middle East during his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, William said he is looking forward "to really absorbing and understanding the different issues, the different cultures, the different religions."
Prince William on historic Mideast trip, praises Jordan ties
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Britain's Prince William on Sunday praised "historic ties and friendship" with Jordan and the kingdom's commitment to Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as he began a historic five-day tour that also includes Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Israelis, Palestinians await William’s inaugural royal visit
JERUSALEM (AP) — Prince William is set to arrive in Israel and the Palestinian territories this week for the first official visit of a member of the British royal family, ending the monarchy's decades-long mostly hands-off approach to one of the world's most sensitive regions.
Jerusalem backlash casts shadow over Eurovision contest
JERUSALEM (AP) — When the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Israelis hoped other countries would follow suit. Instead, the move has created a backlash. The latest setback threatens the contested city's hopes of hosting the 2019 Eurovision song contest — an affair that has become something of a national obsession.
The Jerusalem recognition, warmly welcomed by Israel, appears to have triggered a series of unexpected diplomatic fiascos.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The status of Jerusalem in the royal itinerary for Prince William's upcoming visit has angered an Israeli Cabinet member.
Jerusalem affairs minister Zeev Elkin wrote on Facebook Monday that a "distortion" cannot "change reality."
The Prince is to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next week, the first official visit by a British royal.
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council (all times local):
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has defended the U.N.'s main human rights body, alluding to signs the U.S. may withdraw from it over its alleged bias against Israel.
Speaking to the Human Rights Council, Johnson nonetheless said that its dedicated agenda item on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories was "disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace."
Trump’s Mideast team to push peace plan in region
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump's Mideast negotiating team will visit the region next week as it finalizes its as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and will hold talks on deteriorating conditions in the Gaza Strip. The trip comes as officials say the Trump administration is near completion of the plan with an eye on a possible release this summer.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):
The Israeli military says it opened fire at two Palestinians attempting to breach the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, killing one of them.
The military says the Palestinians were carrying an axe and had damaged the fence in their attempt to cross into Israel on Monday. It says troops arrived at the scene and fired toward the Palestinians.
LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says Prince William will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories at the end of June — the first British royal to make an official visit there.
The prince will begin his June 24-28 trip in Amman, Jordan, then travel to Jerash in Jordan; Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel; and Ramallah in the West Bank.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the Palestinians' complaint against Israel before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (all times local):
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has signaled that she will not be rushed into making a decision on whether to launch an investigation into alleged crimes by Israel in the Palestinian territories.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):
The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has raised concerns that Israel and Hamas may have committed war crimes during a current round of violence in Gaza.
In a statement Sunday, Fatou Bensouda's office expressed "grave concern" over the shootings of Palestinians by Israeli troops during mass protests along Gaza's border with Israel.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):
The U.N. Security Council has called an emergency meeting to discuss deadly clashes in Gaza between Palestinians and Israeli troops.
Kuwait requested the closed Security Council session, scheduled for Friday evening.
BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — The United Nations says about $540 million is needed for humanitarian relief in the Palestinian territories in 2018.
Jamie McGoldrick, the top U.N. humanitarian coordinator, said Wednesday that 75 percent of that sum is for Gaza, where "a man-made tragedy is unfolding daily."
LONDON (AP) — Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel and the Palestinian territories, officials announced Thursday.
Kensington Palace said the prince will also visit Jordan during the trip this summer. No dates have been announced.
William's wife the Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth to her third child in April, is not scheduled to join him on the trip.
Palestinian official says India’s Modi to visit West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A top Palestinian official says India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make what is described as a historic visit to the West Bank next month.
Majdi Khaldi, an adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas told the Voice of Palestine on Monday that the visit will take place on Feb. 10, with Modi coming to Ramallah. He says it's the first time an Indian prime minister will visit the Palestinian territories.
Israel urged to end settlement expansion in UN review
BERLIN (AP) — A United Nations' review of human rights issues in Israel has issued 240 recommendations, including that it end settlement expansion.
Israel said it would need time to review 232 recommendations made by individual countries in the Human Rights Council working group in Geneva. It "noted" eight recommendations submitted by the "State of Palestine," saying the entity doesn't "satisfy the criteria for statehood under international law."
US envoy chides Palestinians for ‘ugly’ Jerusalem response
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel says the Palestinian response to President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "needlessly provocative."
In an interview with the Jerusalem Post daily, David Friedman says the Palestinians overreacted to Trump's declaration and that some of their response to it has been "ugly," ''largely emotional" and "anti-Semitic."
EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits
BRUSSELS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with widespread condemnation and triggered clashes in the Palestinian territories.
Barbara Olson and Tsela Barr: Protect the right to boycott Israel in Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker just issued an executive order prohibiting current or future state contracts with any “business entity” that engages in the constitutionally protected right to boycott Israel for its human rights violations.