US scraps West Bank conference over Palestinian protests
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday was forced to postpone a conference it organized in the West Bank city of Ramallah after Palestinian officials and factions...
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian labor market in the West Bank was limping along in 2017, with unemployment stubbornly high and economic growth slowing. But that didn't stop the...
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A West Bank medical official said Tuesday a Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces when clashes erupted during an arrest raid near Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said a Palestinian vehicle targeted Israeli soldiers on a highway in the West Bank before dawn on Monday, prompting troops to open fire, killing two...
Palestinians: 1 killed in West Bank clashes with settlers
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry says a man has been killed in clashes with Israeli troops and settlers in the West Bank.
Hamdi Naasan, 38, was killed Saturday and six others were injured, one in serious condition, at al-Mughayyir village near Ramallah city.
Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — On a cold winter's night earlier this month, a convoy of 10 Israeli armored jeeps drove into the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah and parked in front of the Palestinian police headquarters.
Soldiers fanned out, searching nearby shops for security cameras after a pair of recent shooting attacks against Israelis in the occupied territory. The raid attracted dozens of stone-throwing Palestinians, and the Israelis responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Palestinians protest, strike over new social security law
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians in the West Bank are staging a partial strike and large demonstrations to protest a new social security law.
Thousands of private sector employees gathered Tuesday in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, where they chanted "the old story is the same, a bunch of thieves." Several companies, banks and shops were closed, while others had limited operations.
Hamas officials: Palestinian speaker barred from Ramallah
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have barred the Hamas-affiliated speaker of the Palestinian parliament from entering the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Speaker Aziz Dweik had been set to hold a press conference in Ramallah to criticize President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to dissolve the Palestinian legislature, which is controlled by the rival Hamas movement.
Israel demolishes home of Palestinian assailant in West Bank
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces have demolished the home of a Palestinian charged with killing a soldier during an Israeli raid in the West Bank earlier this year.
Troops used two controlled explosions to destroy Islam Abu Hmaid's home in Ramallah on Saturday, in an operation involving dozens of soldiers and military vehicles.
Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank clashes
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank, and a Palestinian was killed in clashes with troops, as the Israeli military pressed ahead on Friday with a crackdown following a pair of deadly shootings blamed on Hamas militants.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said that Mahmoud Nakhla, 18, was shot in the abdomen and died at medical center in Ramallah, as Israeli soldiers clashed with dozens of Palestinians throwing rocks.
Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel's military launched a West Bank manhunt Thursday, setting up checkpoints and blocking roads, after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement and sped away.
The shooting added to a deadly week that claimed seven lives, including an Israeli newborn, a 60-year-old Palestinian businessman and three Palestinian assailants, two of them members of the Islamic militant Hamas.
Palestinians in West Bank strike over Israel’s nation law
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians are on a general strike across the West Bank in solidarity with Arab citizens of Israel over a contentious law that defines Israel as a Jewish state.
The streets of Ramallah and other West Bank cities were largely empty on Monday as schools, universities, government offices and private business were closed. Public transportation also wasn't available.
For the Palestinians, the strike is a rare foray into domestic Israeli politics.
Palestinian soccer chief: I’ll appeal Messi incitement ban
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The head of Palestinian soccer said Saturday he will appeal FIFA's year-long ban on him for inciting fans against Argentine superstar Lionel Messi as part of his campaign to stop Argentina's national team from playing in Israel.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Latest on Prince William's Middle East visit (all times local):
Prince William has visited a Palestinian refugee camp and facilities run by a U.N. agency in the West Bank.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have broken up a rare public protest in the West Bank against the Palestinian Authority's policies in Gaza.
Dozens of Palestinian protesters gathered in Ramallah on Wednesday calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to end his "punishment" of Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Palestinian police dispersed the crowd with electric shockers and batons. Undercover officers dragged others away, arresting about 10 people.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops shot dead a 21 year-old Palestinian stone-thrower during an arrest raid in the West Bank Wednesday after a soldier was hit in the head with a rock, the Israeli military and Palestinian Health Ministry said.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The head of the Palestinian football federation is calling on Arab and Muslim sports fans to burn photos and T-shirts of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi if he attends a friendly match between Argentina and Israel next weekend.
Jibril Rajoub made the call after a demonstration in front of the Argentinian representative office in Ramallah, where he asked Argentina to cancel the match.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a soldier who was seriously wounded in action this week has died.
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.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appears to be making a swift recovery in hospital from his latest health troubles.
His office released a photo and a brief video clip late on Monday showing him walking in the hospital hallway, dressed in a blue bathrobe and flanked by aides. Another photo showed him sitting and reading a newspaper in Ramallah's Istishari Hospital. Independent media outlets were banned from entering the hospital.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is alert and making a swift recovery after being hospitalized with a fever over the weekend and should be released within days, an aide and a hospital doctor said Monday.
Saeb Erekat said Abbas is in "very good health" after spending several hours visiting the Palestinian leader in a Ramallah hospital Monday.
"He's recovering and doctors expect him to leave the hospital within the coming two days," Erekat said.
The Latest: Israeli military sends aid to Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):
Israel says the military has delivered eight trucks full of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, where Israeli troops firing from across the border killed nearly 60 Palestinians at mass border protests on Monday.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian state news agency says the Palestinian president is in a hospital and set to undergo a minor ear operation.
The Wafa agency says Tuesday that President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to be discharged from the Ramallah hospital later in the day.
The 83-year-old Abbas has endured a series of recent health scares which have revived anxiety about a battle over who will succeed the Palestinian leader.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The top-tier leadership group of the PLO— average age 70 — is up for election for the first time in over two decades, when hundreds of delegates attend a West Bank convention this week.
It should be a chance to revitalize the Palestinian national movement at a historic low point and start talking about potential successors to 83-year-old President Mahmoud Abbas.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Foreign Ministry has summoned Ireland's ambassador to express dismay over Dublin's mayor attending an "anti-Israel" event in Ramallah.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli authorities are investigating how Dublin Mayor Micheal Mac Donncha arrived in the country despite instructions to bar his entry.
Interior Minister Arieh Deri ordered an inquiry Wednesday after Mac Donncha announced he was in the West Bank city of Ramallah for a conference after landing at Israel's Ben-Gurion airport. Israel had aimed to block his entry because of his support for the BDS movement that advocates boycotts against it.
Correction: Mideast-Germany story
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In a story March 26 about German diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of Germany's new foreign minister, Heiko Maas. A corrected version of the story is below:
German FM urges Palestinians 'not to tear down bridges'
Germany's foreign minister says the new government remains committed to two-state solution, urges Palestinians "not to tear down bridges"
Foreigners linked to Palestinians face Israeli visa troubles
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — American Kate Hamad doesn't dare leave Ramallah, fearing trouble, even deportation, if stopped at an Israeli checkpoint on the outskirts of the autonomous Palestinian city in the West Bank.
Either move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, or send U.S. diplomats already there to Ramallah: Baruch Stein (Opinion)
Either move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, or send U.S. diplomats already there to Ramallah: Baruch Stein (Opinion)
JERUSALEM -- Without taking a position on Donald Trump's declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and stating his intention to move the American embassy in Israel to the city, the exaggerated reactions from certain parts of the world, including the U.N. General Assembly resolution passed on Dec. 21, are a display of hypocrisy.
Palestinian teen killed in clashes with Israeli army
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hospital official says a teenage boy was killed in clashes with the Israeli army, which says troops fired at an armed protester.
Fathi Abu Mughli, director of Istishari Hospital, said Musab Tamemi, 17, was shot in the neck. Residents of the village of Dir Nizam, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, said protesters were clashing with Israeli forces.
Palestinian American Quaker takes helm of American Friends Service Committee
As the new general secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, Joyce Ajlouny need only look at her own life — the fraught years spent as a Palestinian American Quaker in the cauldron of the West Bank — to embrace the group’s century-old human rights mission.
Palestinians protest Balfour Declaration on centenary
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in protest across the West Bank Thursday marking a century since the Balfour Declaration, Britain's promise to Zionists to create a Jewish home in what is now Israel.
Palestinian leader spurns $6M mansion amid backlash concerns
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A recently completed $6 million mansion was meant to serve as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' official residence and guest house.
Instead, the 4,700-square-meter (50,600-square-foot) "presidential palace" on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah will stand empty for now.
WH Envoy Kushner Meets Palestinian President
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site (all times local):
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will continue to suspend security coordination with Israel until it returns the situation at a major Jerusalem shrine to how it was before the crisis over security measures there.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli security forces detained a female Palestinian lawmaker on Sunday for alleged security offenses.
The Shin Bet internal security service said Khalida Jarrar was arrested along with a Palestinian activist near the West Bank city of Ramallah for "promoting terror activities," without elaborating.
Jarrar, 55, is a popular figure among Palestinians and is known for fiery speeches against Israel. In 2015, Israel sentenced her to 15 months for incitement to violence.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has mingled with ordinary Palestinians in a rare trip outside his West Bank headquarters in an apparent attempt to dispel rumors that he suffered a stroke.
The 82-year-old walked in the center of the city of Ramallah from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday until after midnight, greeting passers-by, holding a baby and sitting in a cafe. The outing was broadcast live on Palestine TV.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Several dozen hunger-striking Palestinians have been transferred from their cells to special wings in Israeli prisons for additional medical supervision, a spokesman for the Israel Prison Service said Wednesday.
After 31 days, 843 prisoners are still on a hunger strike, said the spokesman, Assaf Librati.
The prisoners, jailed for offenses linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seek better conditions, including more family visits. Israel refuses to negotiate.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry says a Palestinian has been killed by Israeli fire during clashes at a West Bank rally in support of hunger-striking prisoners.
It says a 20-year-old was shot Friday near Ramallah. The military says soldiers opened fire after dozens of Palestinians hurled rocks at them.
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel are on an open-ended strike, now in its 26th day, saying they seek to improve their prison conditions.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Britain's foreign minister said on Wednesday that his country remains "absolutely" committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that obstacles to a deal, including accelerated Israeli settlement building, must be removed.
Boris Johnson said he believes it's still possible to set up a state of Palestine alongside Israel and that the leadership change in Washington might offer an opportunity.
Palestinian writer afraid to go home amid uproar over novel
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A young Palestinian author is stranded in Qatar after Palestinian authorities in the West Bank confiscated all copies of his latest novel and issued an arrest warrant for him — accusing him of including "sexual terms" in a provocative work that takes aim at taboo issues such as fanaticism, religious extremism and homosexuality.
Palestinians: Stone thrower shot dead by Israeli troops
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian police say a 19-year-old has been shot dead by Israeli forces during stone-throwing clashes in the West Bank.
Police say Ahmad Rimawi was shot in the chest Sunday after hurling stones at Israeli troops in Beit Rima, near Ramallah.
The Israeli military says dozens of rioters attacked security forces, injuring one border policeman. It said the forces responded with riot dispersal means.
Israeli, Palestinian leaders meet with FIFA on soccer issues
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have met with its envoy trying to broker better relations between the two sides' soccer federations.
FIFA says its monitoring committee chairman, Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa, held separate talks in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday and Tuesday.
Palestinians open Arafat’s bedroom to public
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians will soon get a chance to glimpse the small bedroom where their longtime leader Yasser Arafat spent his final years.
The 5-square meter (54-square-foot) room is the centerpiece of the new Arafat Museum, which opens to the public on Thursday to coincide with the 12th anniversary of Arafat's death.
Palestinian lawyer fights for women, one divorce at a time
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — In a divorce court where a man's testimony is worth twice a woman's, victory for lawyer Reema Shamasneh is rare and often bittersweet.
Arafat museum recovers Nobel prize from Hamas
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A new museum dedicated to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will display his 1994 Nobel Peace Prize — now that the Hamas militant group has returned the medal to the rival Palestinian government in the West Bank.
Nasser al-Qidwa, Arafat's nephew and president of the new Arafat Institute, told reporters on Tuesday that the medal will be among dozens of Arafat's belongings displayed at the museum, which is scheduled to open in Ramallah on Nov. 9.
A look at possible successors to Palestinian President Abbas
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received a clean bill of health after undergoing an emergency heart procedure on Thursday. But his brief hospitalization drew attention to the lack of a clear successor to the aging leader and the ongoing rift between rival governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.