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  • For Israeli party, a Palestinian state amounts to ‘suicide’

    6 days ago

    Young and ambitious, with a ready smile and a quick wit, Israeli far right leader Naftali Bennett is on a mission to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state.

    If, as widely expected, he takes on defense or another key portfolio after next month's election, that mission will...

  • Torching of West Bank mosque called nationalistic attack

    1 week ago

    A West Bank mosque was set on fire and nationalist slogans were painted on its walls.

    The attack in the Jaba village, near Bethlehem, occurred early Wednesday morning. A mosque window was broken and a burning object was thrown inside. The interior walls and furniture were...

  • Palestinians embrace Valentine’s Day

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite financial crises, budget shortages and protests over funds withheld, West  Bank sales of flowers, perfumes,  and chocolates are expected to soar as Palestinians prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday.

    It’s...

  • Jewish settler sentenced to 3 years in prison for ‘price tag’ attack

    3 weeks ago

    A Jewish settler was sentenced to three years in prison for setting several Palestinian cars alight in a West Bank village.

    Binyamin Richter was sentenced Monday by the Lod District Court for the “price tag” attack in November 2013 in the Palestinian village of Farata. He also...

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  • Police seize weapons in raid on West Bank settlement

    February 4, 2015 | 10:40 am

     Israel Police seized weapons and equipment from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.

    The items seized in a Tuesday night raid were to be used against Palestinians and Israeli military forces, police said, according to the Times of Israel. They included knives, saws, flammable...

  • Everything you thought you knew about religious Zionists is wrong

    January 29, 2015 | 11:23 am

    For years, Israelis have had a particular idea of what being a “religious Zionist” meant: being modern Orthodox but not haredi; supporting the settlements and opposing territorial compromise; supporting the Chief Rabbinate’s control of Jewish marriage and opposing gay rights.

    ...
  • Israeli intel unit drops soldiers who refused to spy on Palestinians

    January 26, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Israel's top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans on Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living in the West Bank, Army Radio said.

    The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General "A," barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime...

  • At least 12 injured, four critically, in stabbing spree on Tel Aviv bus

    January 21, 2015 | 9:36 am

    At least 12 people were wounded, some seriously, when a Palestinian man stabbed passengers and the driver on a Tel Aviv bus.

    Four victims, including the driver, remained in serious condition following the Wednesday morning attack on the No. 40 bus. Initial reports said 12 to 21...

  • France warns Palestinians over escalating crisis with U.N. bid

    January 7, 2015 | 8:55 am

    France warned the Palestinians on Tuesday against escalating a diplomatic battle with Israel after President Mahmoud Abbas said he would resubmit to the U.N. Security Council a resolution calling for the creation of a Palestinian state.

    The United States helped defeat the...

  • Palestinian throwing rocks at cars shot to death by Israeli soldiers

    December 29, 2014 | 10:51 am

    Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian who was among a group throwing rocks at cars in the West Bank.

    In Monday’s incident near the Tapuach Junction, the soldiers called out to the group to cease the rock throwing, which was endangering civilians, then fired warning...

  • Firebomb attack wounds Israeli father and daughter in West Bank

    December 26, 2014 | 11:33 am

    A firebomb attack on a car in the West Bank left an 11-year-old Israeli girl severely burned and her father injured on Thursday, the Israeli military said.

    The Israeli military said the suspected Palestinian attack was near the Ma'ale Shomron Jewish settlement, north of the West...

  • Israeli girl, 11, seriously injured in West Bank firebomb attack

    December 25, 2014 | 1:47 pm

    An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured when a firebomb hit their car in the northern West Bank.

    The girl, Ayala Shapira, was taken to a Tel Aviv hospital with third-degree burns over 50 percent of her body, including her face and upper body following the Thursday evening...

  • Palestinian activist calls to reform UNRWA

    December 15, 2014 | 4:50 pm

    Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, has launched a crusade against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), tasked with providing “assistance and protection” for five million Palestinian refugees around the world. In Palestinian refugee camps in the West...

  • Jewish family attacked with acid in West Bank

    December 12, 2014 | 8:10 am

    A Palestinian man threw a chemical substance believed to be acid at an Israeli family in the West Bank on Friday, injuring a man and four children, Israeli police and the military said.

    The assailant was shot and wounded immediately after the attack, which took place at a...

  • P.A. to stop security coordination with Israel over official’s death

    December 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

    The Palestinian Authority said it will cease all security coordination with Israel in response to the death of a senior Palestinian official following a confrontation with Israeli soldiers.

    Jibril Rajoub, a Palestinian political official, said Wednesday afternoon that the P.A....

  • Is Israel responsible for Palestinian minister’s death?

    December 11, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Here’s what we know: Israel Defense Forces soldiers grabbed Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein during a scuffle at a West Bank protest and tear-gassed him. He died en route to treatment at a Ramallah hospital.

    Everything else is up for dispute, from what happened at the...

  • Kerry to meet Netanyahu in Rome for Middle East talks

    December 10, 2014 | 10:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in Israel and the West Bank, the State Department said on Wednesday.

    "John Kerry will travel to Rome on Sunday to meet with Prime Minister...

  • Palestinian official dies following confrontation with Israeli soldiers

    December 10, 2014 | 8:52 am

    A senior Palestinian official died after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers during a protest in the West Bank.

    Ziad Abu Ein, 55, a member of the Fatah party’s Revolutionary Council, died Wednesday in the village of Turmusiya, near Ramallah. Dozens of local residents and...

  • Study: Israeli home demolitions deter terrorism

    December 9, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Israeli house demolitions effectively decrease terrorist attacks, according to a new study.

    The study, “Counter-Suicide-Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions,” to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Politics, found that Israel’s policy of demolishing the...

  • Cousin of murdered Palestinian teen helped supermarket terror victims

    December 5, 2014 | 8:53 am

    A cousin of the Palestinian teen who was burned alive in an apparent retaliatory attack was among the first to help the wounded in a stabbing attack at a West Bank supermarket.

    Mahmoud Abu Khdeir, whose cousin Mohammed Abu Khdeir was killed this summer in the Jerusalem forest in...

  • Stabbing outside West Bank supermarket injures 2

    December 3, 2014 | 9:44 am

    A Palestinian teenager stabbed two people in a supermarket near an Israeli settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday and was shot by a security guard, police and an ambulance service said.

    "The terrorist was apparently neutralized. There are two wounded, in addition to the...

  • Words matter: How vocabulary defines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    December 1, 2014 | 10:56 am

    Settlements or Jewish communities? West Bank or Judea and Samaria? East Jerusalem or eastern Jerusalem? Those are some of the language choices that journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are faced with each day—and those choices should not be taken lightly, experts...

  • Israel needs a bigger message

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2014 | 8:54 am

    I’m repulsed by these anti-Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don’t. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have no interest in engaging in a...

  • Israel charges cop with manslaughter in Palestinian youth’s death

    November 24, 2014 | 11:33 am

    Israel charged a policeman on Sunday in the fatal shooting of a teenage Palestinian protester, accusing him of deliberately switching his rubber bullets for the live round that killed the youth.

    The prosecutors' decision to level a charge of manslaughter rather than murder drew...

  • Israel says Hamas planned to assassinate Lieberman in West Bank

    November 21, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    Israel has arrested four Palestinians suspected of planning to kill Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman with an anti-tank rocket while he drove to his Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Israeli officials say.

    The alleged Hamas plot was hatched during the July-August war in Gaza....

  • Israeli mayor imposes partial ban on Arab workers

    November 20, 2014 | 9:44 am

    An Israeli mayor has imposed a partial ban on employing Arab workers in his city in a sign of mounting security concerns after a surge in deadly Palestinian attacks.

    Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced on Facebook that he was stopping "until further notice" the work of Arab...

  • Israel approves 78 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

    November 19, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Israel on Wednesday approved the construction of 78 new homes in two settlements in the West Bank, likely to aggravate Palestinian anger at a time when violence has flared, including a deadly attack on a synagogue.

    Jerusalem's municipal planning committee authorised 50 new...

  • Israelis, Palestinians look to personal safety in holy city on edge

    November 19, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on Wednesday to the Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a Palestinian attack a day earlier.

    The bloodstains had been washed away. But four memorial candles burned as about a...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

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