German trade union leader Michael Sommer vowed to stand up to unionists who want to boycott goods made in West Bank Jewish settlements.
Two people sustained minor injuries when a firebomb hit their car near the West Bank settlement of Efrat.
Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel on Wednesday to limit settlement building in the West Bank to help push peace talks with the Palestinians back on track.
Israel said on Thursday it would press ahead with plans to build in existing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in an apparent bid to appease hardliners opposed to peace talks with the Palestinians.
The Netherlands opposes any kind of import ban on Israeli products, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said, though it must enforce European Union legislation on labeling settlement goods.
With Israeli-Palestinian talks set to begin, a poll has shown that a majority of Israelis would support a final-status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.
An Israeli committee approved the construction of West Bank housing on the same day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Jordan with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the state to halt construction of 40 homes in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim.
“We come from the field, and we’re feeling the pressure; if we don’t make progress toward a two-state solution, there will be negative developments for the Israeli economy. We’re already noticing initial signs of this. The future of the Israeli economy will be in danger.” This, reportedly, is the message delivered last month to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a member of a group of prominent businesspeople, just before they met, on May 26, with Palestinian counterparts in Jordan under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.
The Jerusalem municipality issued construction permits to build 69 new housing units in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa.
Israel’s settlement building is increasingly isolating the country in Europe, leading to European Union policies that could reinforce Israel’s delegitimization, according to the top EU representative to the peace process.
Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised U.S. unhappiness with Israel’s announcement of new building in eastern Jerusalem.
Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorized West Bank settler outposts, a court document showed on Thursday, days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region to try to restart peace talks.
A Knesset committee advanced a plan that would require the resettlement of some 30,000 Bedouin.
Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashed in the West Bank more than a day after the murder of a Jewish man by a Palestinian attacker.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to comments attributed to President Obama, saying that Israelis will determine the country's best interests.
Israel's Supreme Court upheld a police decision to prohibit three Jewish suspects in "price tag" attacks from meeting with their lawyer for three days after their arrest.
Building in the E-1 area between eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim would be "especially damaging" to efforts to reach a two-state solution, the State Department said.
The Obama administration slammed U.N. special rapporteur Richard Falk's call for a boycott of private companies that are profiting from the Israeli settlement enterprise.
Israel on Thursday issued a detailed plan for the building of some 800 new homes on annexed land in the West Bank that is certain to attract further international condemnation of its settlement policies.
Canada's largest Protestant church stands poised to approve a boycott of products made in Israeli settlements.
The British bank Standard Chartered has agreed to pay New York’s top banking regulator $340 million for covering up transactions with Iran in order to gain fees.
The European Union has included parts of the central Israel municipality of Modi'in on its list of settlements.
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.
Israel’s Supreme Court said that the evacuation of an illegal West Bank settlement must take place by Aug. 21.
Construction will resume on Israel's West Bank security fence, five years after it was halted due to budget shortfalls.
Residents and supporters of the Ulpana neighborhood in the West Bank held a morning prayer service as moving vans arrived to evacuate them from the disputed properties.
Activists threw rocks at contractors inspecting the Ulpana neighborhood in preparation for the evacuation of five apartment buildings there.
Israel shrugged off on Thursday U.S. criticism of its plans to erect 851 more settler homes in the occupied West Bank, projects that appeared aimed at placating settlers angry with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Hundreds of settlement activists began marching Monday from the Ulpana neighborhood on the outskirts of the Beit El settlement in the West Bank toward Jerusalem.
The Knesset passed a bill that provides tax benefits to Israelis who donate to West Bank settlements.
Palestinian leaders reportedly have rejected the contents of a letter delivered by Benjamin Netanyahu's personal envoy Isaac Molho to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
Israel's Cabinet will meet in a special session to discuss legalizing the Ulpana outpost in the West Bank, despite a Supreme Court ruling calling for its demolition.
Israel's Supreme Court rejected on Monday a government request to delay the demolition of five apartment buildings in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, ruling the houses must be removed by July 1.
The Israeli government plans to request that an Israeli Supreme Court order to dismantle part of a West Bank settlement be postponed for 90 days.
A special Israeli government committee legalized three West Bank outposts and will seek a delay in the evacuation of a neighborhood in a Jewish settlement there.
The Palestinians have sent a letter of protest against Israeli settlements to the United Nations Security Council.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested a delay in the eviction of Jewish settlers who moved into an Arab-owned home near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
European Union foreign ministers called Israeli settlement building "worrying" as its foreign policy chief left for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders In a statement released Monday in Brussels, foreign ministers from the EU's 27 member countries said that "Against the backdrop of worrying developments on the ground in 2011, particularly with regards to settlements, the EU reaffirms its commitment to a two-state solution."
Six West Bank settlers and three police officers were hurt during the demolition of an illegal outpost near Jericho.
A second Palestinian man was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the murder of five members of the Fogel family in a West Bank Jewish settlement.
King Abdullah of Jordan made a rare trip to the West Bank on Monday to display support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is seeking to make peace with his Islamist rivals Hamas, and push for a resumption of peace talks with Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the accelerated construction of some 2,000 housing units in areas in the West Bank and around Jerusalem, an official statement said on Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Western and Arab complaints that the planned construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo on annexed land close to Jerusalem would complicate Middle East peace efforts.
The U.S. ambassador to Israel reaffirmed on Tuesday Washington's opposition to a Palestinian call to halt Israeli settlement building before peace negotiations can resume.
The son of a leader of a West Bank Jewish human rights group was sentenced to prison for the kidnapping and assaulting of a Palestinian teen. Zvi Struk, 28, of the Esh Kodesh outpost near Shiloh, was sentenced Sunday in Jerusalem District Court to 18 months in prison. He also was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay the victim more than $14,000. Struk, whose mother, Orit, heads the Yesha Human Rights Organization, was convicted in November of three counts of assault, battery under aggravated circumstances and kidnapping for the purpose of causing grave bodily injury, as well as one count of animal abuse for killing a lamb.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to turn down Washington's request to withdraw a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Israel halt settlement expansion on occupied land.
Backed by Arab states, the Palestinians are pressing ahead with a United Nations Security Council resolution that slams Israel for settlement building. The Palestinian delegation said Thursday that it had the votes to bring the resolution to the U.N. Security Council for a vote the next day.
The largest settlement to date in the Bernard Madoff multi-billion dollar Ponzi scandal has been approved by a U.S. judge today, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reinstate a West Bank construction freeze if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
The State of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are fast approaching a fork in the road.
Want to know exactly where in the West Bank the city-sized settlement of oft-discussed Ariel is located? How about when it was established, or how many Israelis live there? There’s an app for that.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday called a freeze in West Bank settlements a 'national necessity,' a day after he approved building permits for nearly 500 new housing units in six separate blocs.
There is no demographic study of the Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles, although its size is generally given as 30,000, including the American-born children of the original immigrants.
A UCLA Hillel rabbi accused of accosting a freelance journalist in October 2003 has sent the writer a letter of apology as part of a court settlement. Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, UCLA Hillel director, was accused by Rachel Neuwirth of verbally and physically assaulting her outside Royce Hall, on the UCLA campus, during a speech by Alan Dershowitz more than four years ago.
Who is responsible for Israel's settlements in the territories? Gershom Gorenberg's just released history, "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977," explores in gripping narrative the original interweave of political ambition, religious entitlement and military strategy that led to today's continuing conflicts with both the settlers and the Palestinians.
It is not accidental that Gershom Gorenberg limited his substantial study, "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977," to the first decade of the settler movement, for by 1977, when Menachem Begin and the right gained power for the first time in Israeli history, 80 settlements housing more than 11,000 Israelis already dotted the territories captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.
Archaeologists believe the Essenes were highly concerned with maintaining their ritual purity and bathed at least twice a day. An aqueduct system caught water from the hills above and channeled it into an elaborate series of mikvahs, or ritual baths.
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There is no place like home, and no one knows it better than the former Jewish settlers of the Gaza Strip. Evicted from their beachside villages on the shores of the lapping Mediterranean Sea, they are living this week out of hotel rooms, high school dormitories or in refugee-like tent camps.
Late last week, post-eviction, Ruth Etzion found herself wandering the streets of the Samaria settlement of Ofra, the home of her in-laws. Walking under tall pine trees in an almost trance-like state, Etzion, her husband Yaacov, and their three children reside in a two-room dormitory "suite" in the local religious girls school. It's a step down from their two-story home on the sandy streets of the isolated Gush Katif settlement of Morag.
But Etzion was content in some ways. For her, moving into the girls' school in August brought closure. Exactly four years ago that is where she and Yaacov got married.