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  • In Ramallah, Obama implies settlement freeze not needed

    March 21, 2013 | 7:41 am

    President Obama implied during a news conference in Ramallah that a settlement freeze should not be a precondition for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    He made the statement Thursday, following a long meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah,

    “If...

  • Palestinians vent frustration at brief Obama visit

    March 21, 2013 | 5:01 am

    Palestinian protesters raised their hands and tried to wave away the helicopter that brought U.S. President Barack Obama to the West Bank on Thursday, accusing him of siding with Israel.

    Around 150 demonstrators chanted anti-American slogans, saying they wanted weapons not...

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy in decline

    March 12, 2013 | 10:29 am

    During President Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA)  next week, he will visit the West Bank towns of Ramallah, where he will meet PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity. A new report by the World Bank says he will see an...

  • Two Palestinians end hunger strike that fueled protests

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    February 27, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    Two Palestinian prisoners whose hunger strike stoked clashes in the West Bank have ended their protest after Israel agreed to release them in May, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

    The men were among four prisoners held without formal charge in an Israeli jail who have...

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  • Palestinian hunger striker to be released next month, protests continue

    February 21, 2013 | 9:51 am

    A Palestinian prisoner on a long-term hunger strike in an Israeli jail will be released in March.

    The Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Thursday sentenced Samer Issawi to eight months in prison for violating the terms of his release under the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. Issawi was...

  • Israel to allow Turkish construction material into Gaza

    February 12, 2013 | 7:38 am

    Israel has agreed to allow Turkish trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip for the construction of a hospital.

    The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday that the construction of the Turkish-Palestine Friendship Hospital, which it called "the most symbolic...

  • Palestinian stabs Jewish teen in West Bank

    January 29, 2013 | 10:55 am

    A Ramallah man reportedly said he stabbed a teen in the West Bank because he was Jewish.

    The Palestinian, 20, stabbed his 17-year-old victim in the stomach near the Tapuach Junction in the northern West Bank. The teen was taken to an Israeli hospital with moderate injuries.

    The...

  • Snow falls in Jerusalem, northern Israel

    January 9, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Snow and hail began falling in the Jerusalem area and continued to fall in the north of the country.

    Areas of the West Bank, including Hebron and Ramallah were also blanketed in snow.

    The snow in Jerusalem is expected to accumulate, and residents have been requested to avoid...

  • Will Obama focus on Israel-Palestinian issues?

    December 18, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    Is history about to repeat itself?

    President Obama’s first three years in office saw some serious tussling with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the peace process and settlements. Now, with Obama beginning his second term and Netanyahu looking pretty certain to win...

  • Living next to E1, Maale Adumim residents reflect Israeli consensus on settlements

    December 6, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    From the terrace of the mall in Maale Adumim, a West Bank settlement eight miles from Jerusalem that serves as a bedroom community for Israel’s capital city, customers get a panoramic view of the Judean Desert to the east.

    Arab and Jewish towns dot the hilltops, roads snaking...

  • Reform movement raps Israeli settlement plans, Palestinian U.N. upgrade

    December 5, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    The Union for Reform Judaism criticized Israel for its decision to build new settlement housing and the Palestinians for unilaterally seeking upgraded status at the United Nations.

    The newly adopted policy statement was adopted overwhelmingly on Sunday following a debate at the...

  • U.S. repeats opposition to new Israeli settlements

    December 3, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The United States on Monday reiterated its opposition to new Israeli settlement activity on West Bank land including in the site known as "E1," which it said could be especially damaging to efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    "The United...

  • Palestinians see U.N. gambit as step toward reconciliation

    November 30, 2012 | 9:20 am

    [Ramallah] – Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah on Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday morning to celebrate the UN General Assembly vote bestowing non-member status to “Palestine.” Celebrants expressed hope that their newfound recognition at the United...

  • Abbas hints has no ‘right of return’ to home in Israel

    November 1, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a rare if symbolic concession to Israel on Thursday, saying he had no permanent claim on the town from which he was driven as a child during the 1948 war of the Jewish state's founding.

    Among several disputes deadlocking Middle...

  • Palestinian PM responds to unrest with economic program

    September 11, 2012 | 9:39 am

    Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the key target of nine days of socio-economic protests throughout the West Bank, responded on Tuesday to some of the demands that have been prominent during the course of demonstrations that have become increasingly violent in recent days....

  • Migron evacuation: A look back and a look ahead

    September 4, 2012 | 9:53 am

    The evacuation of all 50 Jewish families in Israel’s Migron outpost was completed on Sunday evening without major incident. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the successful and peaceful evacuation—but vowed that his government would continue to strengthen Jewish...

  • Jewish families leave Migron outpost

    September 3, 2012 | 11:11 am

    All of the Jewish families living in the West Bank outpost of Migron reportedly have evacuated. 

    Families began moving out Sunday morning, as border police went door to door in the outpost handing out eviction notices. Some of the 50 families living on the hilltop reportedly left...

  • Migron must be evacuated in a week, Israel’s high court rules

    August 29, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the West Bank outpost of Migron must be evacuated by Sept. 4.

    All 50 families must leave the outpost, the court ruled Wednesday in response to a petition filed by the families requesting a delay in the eviction until the modular homes being built...

  • Palestinian cars torched in price tag attack

    August 29, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Palestinian cars were torched and vandalized in a price tag attack near Ramallah in the West Bank.

    Israeli troops reportedly discovered one car burnt and two others spray-painted with slogans that read “Price Tag,” “Migron” and “Revenge to Arabs” in the early Wednesday morning...

  • Migron not evacuated as scheduled

    August 28, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    The Migron outpost in the West Bank was not evacuated as scheduled.

    The eviction had been scheduled for Tuesday, the same day that the Israeli Supreme Court conducted a hearing on a petition filed by the residents requesting a delay in the eviction until the modular homes being...

  • On the eve of evacuation, Migron projecting tranquility

    August 27, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Off a rough, paved road atop a mountain, on the thin stucco wall of a trailer home, black graffiti proclaims “Private Jewish land.” And underneath, in red, “Migron.”

    The trailer home is among dozens in Israel’s largest settlement outpost, deep in the central West Bank and...

  • Evacuate Migron on time, state says

    August 20, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    The West Bank outpost of Migron must be evacuated on time, Israel’s State Prosecutor’s office told the Supreme Court.

    The eviction had been postponed from Aug. 1 to Aug. 21 to avoid the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and possible “price tag” reprisal attacks by settlers that could...

  • Palestian power issues: The night that the lights went out?

    August 14, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) owes more than $170 million to the Israel Electric Company, and Israel is threatening to cut off the flow unless the debt is paid. Palestinian officials say that could cause widespread blackouts throughout the West Bank.

    “A week ago they gave us a...

  • Ramallah to honor remains of Savoy Hotel terrorists

    August 14, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    The Ramallah municipality approved the construction of a mausoleum to honor the Palestinian terrorists who killed 11 Israelis in the 1975 attack on Tel Aviv’s Savoy Hotel.

    The vote was reported last week by the PA daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and translated into English by...

  • 2 Palestinians indicted in 2000 Ramallah lynching

    August 9, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    Two Palestinians involved in the lynching 12 years ago of two Israeli soldiers in Ramallah have been arrested and reportedly confessed to their involvement.

    Marwan Maadi, 51, and Yasser Hatab, 40, were arrested in June, according to a media gag order lifted Thursday. They were...

  • Non-Aligned meeting in Ramallah canceled after Israel stops some envoys

    August 8, 2012 | 10:24 am

    A meeting of representatives of the Non-Aligned Movement of countries was canceled after Israel would not allow the states with which it has no diplomatic relations to enter.

    Israel would not allow delegates from Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Cuba to travel from Israel to the...

  • Israeli panel: West Bank settlements, outposts legal under int’l law

    July 9, 2012 | 10:39 am

    West Bank settlements are legal under international law, according to an Israeli committee set up to review the legal status of West Bank land.

    The Levy Committee, which was formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and headed by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy,...

  • Palestinians take anti-Oslo protest to Abbas

    July 3, 2012 | 11:40 am

    Hundreds of demonstrators marched on the offices of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to protest against diplomatic contacts with Israel and to denounce police violence at a previous rally.

    Chanting for an end to the Oslo accords, which were meant to pave the...

  • Ulpana residents agree to leave peacefully

    June 20, 2012 | 4:45 pm

    An Israeli government committee approved a compromise agreement with the families of the Ulpana neighborhood under which they would leave voluntarily.

    Under the agreement approved Wednesday, the five buildings in the outlying neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El that...

  • Jewish settlers won’t go quietly as eviction looms

    June 15, 2012 | 8:38 am

    The clock is ticking for 30 Jewish settler families in the West Bank.

    Israel’s Supreme Court has said their homes sit on privately-owned Palestinian land and as an eviction deadline draws near, they say they will not go quietly.

    “They will have to drag me out of here,” said Yoel...

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