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  • Palestinian gunman in attack that killed father of 10 dies in shootout with Israeli troops

    5 hours ago

    The Palestinian gunman who killed a rabbi and father of 10 in a West Bank ambush nearly a month ago was killed in a shootout with Israeli security forces near Hebron.

    Soldiers and police surrounded the house of Muhammad al-Fakih, 29, who is said to have been the member of the...

  • Ma’alei Adumim waits for annexation

    1 week ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone, West Bank – It is all green on a factory rooftop in this industrial zone of Ma’alei Adumim, a community built in the West Bank just a few miles east of Jerusalem. Called Aleinu (Our Leaves) the...

  • Peter Beinart joins US Jews for civil rights-style protest in West Bank

    1 week ago

    Dozens of American Jews spent Friday in the West Bank practicing nonviolent resistance against Israel’s presence here.

    On hand to help were some bold-faced names in the American Jewish community’s Israel debate, including Peter Beinart, a leading liberal U.S. Jewish thinker, and ...

  • Temple Mount memorial mourns slain 13-year-old Israeli girl

    2 weeks ago

    At least 50 people ascended the Temple Mount for a memorial with the family of slain West Bank teen Hallel Yaffa Ariel.

    It was the largest group of Jews permitted to visit the Temple Mount in the past year, according to Haaretz.

    About 200 supporters gathered afterward at the...

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  • Israeli man shot in West Bank while in car with wife, 6 kids

    2 weeks ago

    An Israeli man was injured when his car was hit by multiple gun shots in the West Bank on Saturday evening.

    Eitan Finkel, 30, of the southern Israeli city of Netivot, was driving with his wife and six children when his vehicle was hit near the Tekoa settlement, the Israel Defense...

  • Israel’s Cabinet approves $1.5 million aid for Kiryat Arba settlement

    2 weeks ago

    Israel’s Cabinet voted to approve a $1.5 million aid package to strengthen the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Jewish community in Hebron.

    The approval on Sunday comes in the wake of the murder of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her bed in her Kiryat Arba home, a...

  • Netanyahu said to authorize construction of 1,400 new settlement homes

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized the construction of new housing for Jewish citizens in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

    An anonymous Israeli official confirmed Netanyahu gave the green light to build nearly the 1,400 new homes,the Associated Press reported ...

  • Father of 10 killed in terrorist shooting remembered as intellectual and giving man

    3 weeks ago

    More than 1,000 mourners attended the funeral for a father of 10 who was killed in a West Bank drive-by shooting.

    The funeral of Rabbi Michael “Miki” Mark was held Sunday in the Otniel settlement in the West Bank followed by his burial in Jerusalem. Mark was killed Friday when...

  • Israeli man killed, wife badly hurt in shooting attack on family car

    July 1, 2016 | 8:11 am

    An Israeli man was killed and his wife was severely wounded in a shooting attack near a West Bank settlement.

    The attack Friday near Beit Hagai was against a family traveling in their car on Route 60, Army Radio reported. Two of the family’s children were wounded: A 15-year-old...

  • Murdered Israeli girl had US citizenship

    June 30, 2016 | 1:01 pm

    The 13-year-old Israeli girl killed in her West Bank bedroom on Thursday also was an American citizen.

    A State Department spokesman confirmed at a news briefing that Hallel Yaffa Ariel of Kiryat Arba, a Jewish settlement near Hebron, was a U.S. citizen, several media outlets...

  • Jewish 13-year-old girl killed in West Bank stabbing

    June 30, 2016 | 10:26 am

    This article originally appeard on The Media Line.

    Wednesday was the last day of school for Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, a talented dancer who starred in her school’s year-end show in the Jewish West Bank community of Kiryat Arba.

    Thursday, she slept in.

    Nearby, in the Palestinian...

  • Israeli girl, 13, stabbed to death in her Hebron bedroom by Palestinian assailant

    June 30, 2016 | 8:35 am

    A 13-year-old West Bank girl was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager while she was in her bed.

    Hallel Yaffa Ariel of the Kiryat Arba settlement was stabbed several times and died of her wounds at a Jerusalem hospital, where she reportedly arrived unconscious and not...

  • Israeli Generals Offer New Peace Initiative

    June 29, 2016 | 10:15 am

    The large glossy brochure titled Security First in large white letters against a blue background on top of an Israeli flag looks like it should belong to a hardline group calling, for example, for more Israeli building in the West Bank. The illusion is continued by the text in...

  • Sanders camp introduces ‘occupation’ amendment to Democratic platform

    By Eitan Arom

    June 26, 2016 | 10:02 am

    Party platforms can be somewhat obscure documents with little real-life impact. Nonetheless, they create a space for partisans to engage in ideological proxy wars.

    So when presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders appointed two noted critics of Israel to the...

  • Adviser: Trump would support Israeli annexation of settlement blocs

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 24, 2016 | 1:18 pm

    Donald Trump, if elected as president in the fall, would likely support Israeli annexation of large settlement blocs in the West Bank if the stalemate in the peace process persists, Trump’s Israel adviser David Friedman told Jewish Insider on Thursday.

    “My expectation is that if...

  • Abbas says some Israeli rabbis called for poisoning Palestinian water

    June 23, 2016 | 11:32 am

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israeli rabbis on Thursday of calling for the poisoning of Palestinian water, in what appeared to be an invocation of a widely debunked media report that recalled a medieval anti-Semitic libel.

    The remarks drew strong condemnation...

  • Jewish PAC to press Republicans to call West Bank ‘Jewish homeland’

    June 22, 2016 | 3:24 pm

    A Jewish political action committee is seeking to get the Republican Party platform to recognize the West Bank as an “indigenous” part of the Jewish homeland.

    “The Land of Israel is the indigenous homeland of the Jewish people by right and by law and we oppose any measures to...

  • Holland reportedly bent pension laws to pay citizens living in Israeli settlements

    June 20, 2016 | 11:25 am

    The Dutch government made an exception to its pension laws in order to keep paying its citizens living in the West Bank, a Dutch newspaper reported.

    The practice, which applies to several dozen Dutch citizens, was revealed in a 4,000-word expose published June 18 in NRC...

  • Is the Arab Peace Initiative back on the table?

    June 16, 2016 | 10:44 am

    Despite international efforts, there have been no substantive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for more than five years. While Israel has always insisted that only direct bilateral talks can lead to a peace agreement, Arab states say they are more interested in a regional peace...

  • Israel unsure how many Palestinians live in West Bank areas it controls

    June 8, 2016 | 11:48 am

    Israel does not know how many Palestinians are living in Area C, the part of the West Bank under Israeli civil and military control, the Civil Administration told a Knesset committee.

    The Civil Administration relies on figures provided by the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics,...

  • NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

    May 27, 2016 | 11:48 am

    The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories.

    The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza” in the article published Wednesday about the Bernie Sanders-led push to change the Democratic...

  • Netanyahu scolds new Knesset member for visiting Temple Mount just before swearing-in

    May 24, 2016 | 8:28 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scolded Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick for paying a visit to the disputed holy site hours before being sworn in as a Knesset member.

    Glick, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, visited the Jerusalem site — which is holy to both Muslims and...

  • Israeli soldier who shot downed Palestinian pleads not guilty to manslaughter

    May 23, 2016 | 3:52 pm

    An Israeli soldier pleaded not guilty to manslaughter for shooting an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in the West Bank in March in a case that has roiled the country.

    Attorneys for Sgt. Elor Azaria, 19, of Ramle, told the Jaffa Military Court on Monday that their client acted...

  • Israel announces $77M plan to improve Palestinian checkpoint conditions

    May 19, 2016 | 2:12 pm

    Israel’s finance and defense ministers announced a two-year plan to improve conditions at security checkpoints in the West Bank.

    Moshe Kahlon and Moshe Yaalon, who is expected to be replaced as defense chief by Avigdor Lieberman as part of a shakeup in the governing coalition,...

  • In pro-Israel victory, Methodists to withdraw from BDS coalition

    May 18, 2016 | 3:03 pm

    Just days after rejecting four resolutions calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank, the United Methodist Church voted to withdraw from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

    By a vote of 478-318 at its general conference in...

  • United Methodist Church rejects 4 divestment resolutions

    May 17, 2016 | 9:59 am

    The United Methodist Church rejected four resolutions calling for the church to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s control of the West Bank.

    The votes took place over the weekend at the quadrennial United Methodist Church General Conference that began May 10 in...

  • Netanyahu’s office denies Abbas offered direct talks

    May 17, 2016 | 8:22 am

    A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied a claim that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas offered to begin secret, direct talks with Netanyahu three times but was rejected.

    In a statement to JTA Tuesday, Netanyahu spokesman David Keyes flatly...

  • West Bank explosion injures Israeli soldier

    May 10, 2016 | 2:06 pm

    An Israeli army officer was injured in an explosion Tuesday night at a West Bank checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

    The Israel Defense Forces has not yet said what caused the explosion outside the Palestinian village of Hizme, according to the Times of Israel.

    The victim suffered a head injury but is fully conscious, the Times of Israel reported, citing the United Hatzalah ambulance service. He was taken to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

    Police are investigating the incident and have closed the Route 437 highway in both directions as a result.

  • ZOA praises Trump for supporting Israel’s continued settlement activity

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 5, 2016 | 10:36 am

    Donald Trump on Thursday earned high praise from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), a group that hosted Ted Cruz and Michelle Bachmann at its annual dinner, for expressing support for continued construction in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

    In an interview with ...

  • Trump: Israel should continue settlement activity

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 3, 2016 | 11:16 am

    Republican presidential front-runner insists Israel should keep building settlements in the West Bank because the Palestinians had fired “thousands of missiles” at Israel over the years.

    In an interview with DailyMail.com on Monday, Trump was asked whether he would call on Israel...

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