RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The governor of the West Bank city of Bethlehem said Thursday that Israeli soldiers shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian man who was trying to aid another near the...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has shot and killed two Palestinians who attacked troops in a West Bank city.
The military says several explosive devices were hurled on...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's army says troops have killed a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a weekend stabbing and shooting attack that left two Israelis dead near a West Bank...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military expanded its massive manhunt for a Palestinian assailant on Monday as authorities announced that a second Israeli died of wounds sustained in a West Bank...
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian killed an Israeli and seriously wounded two others in a West Bank shooting and stabbing spree Sunday before fleeing, setting off a massive manhunt, the Israeli...
2 Palestinians killed in West Bank violence
JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Palestinian men were killed by Israeli fire on Tuesday in separate incidents in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
Abbas picks ally as new Palestinian premier
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president on Sunday chose a longtime adviser, Mohammed Ishtayeh as his new prime minister, a step that deepens the rift with the Gaza Strip's ruling...
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops on Friday shot dead a Palestinian at the weekly protest along the fence bordering the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, and Palestinians and the Israeli military...
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Israeli military on Thursday demolished the family home of a Palestinian accused in the deaths of two soldiers and an Israeli newborn.
GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' human rights chief has delayed publication of a report on companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying in a letter made public Tuesday...
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S....
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...
Palestinian Authority refuses tax revenues from Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday said it rejected its regular monthly tax transfer from Israel to protest an Israeli decision to deduct sums of money the...
US charity opens cancer ward for children in Gaza
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.S. charity on Tuesday inaugurated the first children's cancer department in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, bringing a much-needed service to the blockaded territory...
Future rabbis plant with Palestinians, sow rift with Israel
AT-TUWANI, West Bank (AP) — Young American rabbinical students are doing more than visiting holy sites, learning Hebrew and poring over religious texts during their year abroad in Israel.
In a stark departure from past programs focused on strengthening ties with Israel and Judaism, the new crop of rabbinical students is reaching out to the Palestinians. The change reflects a divide between Israeli and American Jews that appears to be widening.
In Hebron, Palestinians patrol in place of foreign monitors
HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Following Israel's expulsion of an international observer force from the volatile West Bank city of Hebron, Palestinian activists are trying to fill the void by launching their own patrols to document alleged Israeli settler violence.
Armed with video cameras and donning blue vests, the activists say they will replace the Temporary International Presence in Hebron. The group has enlisted 18 volunteers and began its work this week.
Israel says woman’s slaying near Jerusalem ‘nationalistic’
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's internal security agency said Sunday that the slaying of a 19-year-old Israeli woman allegedly by a Palestinian near Jerusalem last week was politically motivated.
Shin Bet issued a statement saying that after questioning Palestinian suspect Arafat Erfaiyeh, the agency believes the killing of Ori Ansbacher was "nationalistic."
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Israel arrests Palestinian suspect in teenager’s killing
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Saturday they arrested a Palestinian suspect in the killing of an Israeli teenager, as thousands of people in Gaza buried two Palestinian teenagers killed by Israeli fire a day earlier in protests along the perimeter fence.
Palestinians say US-backed Mideast summit is ‘futile’
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinians have not been invited to next week's Mideast conference in Poland and have no desire to participate unless the U.S. changes its policies.
Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Wednesday that current American policies will "only lead to futile results."
Abbas pledges to continue security cooperation with Israel
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to continue security coordination with Israel, despite recent U.S. funding cuts to Palestinian security forces and years of impasse in the peace process.
Abbas told a gathering of Palestinian and Israeli activists on Wednesday that his government has counter-terrorism agreements with nearly 100 countries, including Israel.
West Bank settlers report surge in population growth
JERUSALEM (AP) — A West Bank settler group on Tuesday said the number of people living in Israeli settlements surged at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year and predicted even more rapid growth thanks to the policies of the Trump administration.
Baruch Gordon, director of West Bank Jewish Population Stats, said the White House has created a much friendlier environment for the settlers, clearing the way for a surge in construction in the coming years.
Israel arrests man wanted by France for sex crimes
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities have arrested a dual French-Israeli citizen after France requested his extradition for a series of sex crimes against minors.
The Jerusalem District Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday that Ilan Levy-Neumand, a resident of a West Bank settlement, was arrested and that prosecutors petitioned the court for his extradition.
Israeli troops kill Palestinian assailant, wound another
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops have killed a suspected Palestinian attacker and wounded another at a northern West Bank checkpoint.
The military said Monday that two Palestinians threw an explosive device at the troops, who then opened fire. No soldiers were wounded.
Palestinian medics say a 21-year-old Palestinian died from gunshot wounds and a second was hospitalized with moderate wounds.
UN chief urges protection as Israel suspends observer force
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hopes an agreement can be reached to protect Palestinians in the West Bank after Israel said it would suspend the mandate of an international observation mission.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement Saturday that Guterres was "grateful" to the five countries that contributed to conflict prevention and the protection of Palestinians under the Temporary International Presence in Hebron for the past 22 years.
Palestinians, Israeli troops clash in West Bank, Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops skirmished Friday as hundreds demonstrated against violence by Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and thousands more against a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
US law leaves Israeli-Palestinian security ties up in air
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday signaled that security coordination between them will continue, despite a looming midnight deadline that will cut off all U.S. assistance to the Palestinians.
Security cooperation in the West Bank is one of the few remaining areas of contact between Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority after years of otherwise rocky ties, with both sides joined in a common struggle against the Islamic militant group Hamas.
Female Palestinian teen killed in alleged stabbing attempt
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say officers shot and killed a female Palestinian teenager who allegedly attempted to stab security personnel at a West Bank checkpoint near Jerusalem.
Police say the 16-year-old girl drew a knife on the officers, who then opened fire. No Israelis were wounded.
Amnesty urges travel sites to ban Israel settlement listings
JERUSALEM (AP) — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged online travel sites to ban listings from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The London-based rights group's report, titled "Destination: Occupation," said rental sites Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor are driving tourism to settlements that most of the world considers illegal.
Palestinians ask UN to deploy observer force in West Bank
HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday asked the United Nations to deploy a permanent international force in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, after Israel announced it was suspending operations of an observer force that had been in the city of Hebron for more than 20 years.
Israel suspends observer mission in West Bank city
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it is suspending operations of an international observer force in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after over 20 years.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Monday it would not extend the mandate of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, saying "we will not allow the continuation of an international force that acts against us." It did not give a timeframe for the observers' exit.
UN envoy condemns settler violence after Palestinian killed
JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N.'s Mideast envoy is calling the death of a Palestinian in West Bank clashes with Israeli settlers "shocking and unacceptable."
Nikolay Mladenov on Sunday called on Israel to "put an end to settler violence and bring those responsible to justice."
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.
Gaza man dies at rally; Palestinian teen killed in West Bank
GAZA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man in Gaza as thousands took part Friday in a protest along the border, fueled in part by Hamas' rejection of Qatari cash aid after what the militant group says were Israeli delays in transferring the funds.
In the West Bank, meanwhile, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teen and wounded another as a group of young men hurled stones at the troops.
Israel warns Ireland over bill boycotting settlement goods
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has warned Ireland over passing a bill to ban imports of West Bank settlement products, saying the legislation, if adopted, would have "severe ramifications" on mutual relations.
Israel's Foreign Ministry said Friday it summoned Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly to the ministry's headquarters in Jerusalem and made Israel's stance on the matter clear to her.
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.
Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East
CAIRO (AP) — A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts.
The winter's first snow fell on the Syrian capital Damascus by evening, after a day of heavy rain and strong winds. All ports on the Syrian coast were closed due to the prevailing weather conditions.
Florida governor goes after Airbnb over West Bank decision
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Saying he would "make them feel the heat," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for sanctions against Airbnb unless it reverses its decision barring lodging listings in the disputed West Bank in the Middle East.
The Republican governor, who repeatedly touted his views on Israel while on the campaign trail last year, criticized the online lodging marketplace for a policy he said unfairly targets Jewish people.
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.
In role reversal, Abbas pressures Hamas as Israel allows aid
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is threatening to step up pressure on Hamas amid renewed tensions in Gaza, even as Israel allows a lifeline of Qatari aid to flow directly to the Islamic militants.
Israelis, Palestinians segregated on new West Bank highway
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel inaugurated a new highway in the occupied West Bank on Thursday that features a large concrete wall segregating Israeli and Palestinian traffic.
One side of Route 4370 — located northeast of Jerusalem — will be open to Israeli vehicles only, while the other half will only be open to Palestinian traffic. Critics have branded it an "apartheid" highway, saying it is part of a segregated road system that benefits Jewish settlers.
Palestinian Authority cuts off Hamas lawmakers’ salaries
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has cut off the salaries of Hamas lawmakers in the West Bank, the latest in a series of recent measures that have escalated tensions between the rival factions.
President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the 132-member assembly last month. Deputy Parliament Speaker Hassan Khreisheh said Wednesday that all but 48 lawmakers — mostly Hamas members — received their salaries this week.
Israeli forces arrest Palestinian suspected in deadly attack
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say their counterterrorism forces have arrested a Palestinian behind the deadly shooting of two Israeli soldiers.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Tuesday the troops apprehended Aasem Barghoutti with an automatic weapon in his possession. Israeli troops had been conducting a massive manhunt for him since the Dec. 13 shooting attack on a West Bank bus stop that killed two Israeli soldiers stationed there.
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.
Israeli police: 23 officers hurt by stone-throwing settlers
AMONA, West Bank (AP) — Israeli police faced stiff resistance early Thursday as they tried to dismantle mobile homes of settlers who had moved back into an illegal West Bank outpost, with 23 officers lightly injured by stone-throwing settlers.
Israeli settlement activity appears to surge in Trump era
JERUSALEM (AP) — With little resistance from a friendly White House, Israel has launched a new settlement push in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office, laying the groundwork for what could be the largest construction binge in years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.
The figures, gathered from official government sources by the anti-settlement monitoring group Peace Now, show an increase in building in 2018 and a sharp spike in planning for future construction.
Palestinian gets life sentence over land sale to Israelis
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian court on Monday sentenced a Palestinian man from east Jerusalem to life in prison with hard labor for trying to sell property in the Old City to an Israeli group.
The court said Monday that Issam Akel was convicted of "attempting to cut off Palestinian land and sell it to a foreign county."
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.
Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts largest Christmas in years
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city's largest Christmas celebrations in years.
Hundreds of locals and foreign visitors milled in Manger Square as bagpipe-playing Palestinian Scouts paraded past a giant Christmas tree. Crowds flooded the Church of the Nativity, venerated as the traditional site of Jesus's birth, and waited to descend into the ancient grotto.