West Bank

Trump Travels to Bethlehem for Talks With Palestinian President

By Jeff Mason BETHLEHEM, West Bank, May 23 – U.S. President Donald Trump travelled in a high-security convoy to Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday to discuss Middle East peace with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Much of central and southern Jerusalem was shut down to allow the presidential motorcade of around 60 vehicles

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Hamas Sentences Three Palestinians to Death Over Commander’s Killing

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, May 21 – Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement delivered death sentences on Sunday to three Palestinians it ruled had taken part in what it said was an Israeli-directed assassination of one of the Islamist group’s senior commanders. A Hamas security court said the three men had confessed to the killing of Mazen

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Artist Works to Preserve Christian Heritage in Hamas-Run Gaza

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Dec 11 – Only about 1,200 Christians remain in Gaza — only a tiny fraction of the population in a territory run by Hamas Islamists — but artist Naser Jeldha is doing what he can to preserve its Christian heritage through art. In his studio in the heart of old Gaza,

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The Cave People of Palestine

Many Palestinians are forced to live underground By Maher Abukhater On a remote, barren hill overlooking Jordan Valley in the south of Palestine, Fadel Hamamdeh had set up a home in a cave. Hamamdeh, his wife and five children had been living in the cave since the Israeli military authorities told them that their two-room metal

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Israeli Officer Kills Palestinian Who Tried to Stab Him – Police

Nov 25 – An Israeli security officer shot dead a Palestinian who tried to stab him at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the Palestinian approached the officer, pulled a knife from under his shirt and lunged at him. The assailant was shot during the struggle,

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Israeli Ministers Defy Netanyahu Over Settlement Evacuation

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Nov 14 – An Israeli ministerial committee on Sunday defied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and voted to support a bill to allow settlers in the occupied West Bank to remain in homes built on privately owned Palestinian land. Israel’s Supreme Court had ruled the government must evacuate a few dozen families

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In a West Bank Refugee Camp, Political Struggle Turns to Violence

By Luke Baker BALATA REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank, Nov 3 – Hundreds of bullet holes scar the concrete walls, shop fronts and trash-strewn alleys of Balata, the West Bank’s largest refugee camp, the result of furious clashes earlier this week between Palestinian security forces and local gunmen. The heavily armed force came before dawn on

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Rights Group Wants Settlement Soccer Clubs to Relocate Inside Israel

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Sept 26  – A human rights group urged soccer’s governing body, FIFA, on Monday to move matches being played by Israeli teams in the occupied West Bank to Israel, saying that playing in Jewish settlements meant they were playing on stolen land. The six clubs named by Human Rights Watch are

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Palestinian Assailant with Knife Shot Dead in West Bank

HEBRON, West Bank, Sept 20 – A Palestinian who tried to stab an Israeli soldier was shot dead on Tuesday and an Israeli aircraft intercepted a drone launched by Hamas, the army said, as violence surges in the run-up to next month’s Jewish new year holiday. The attempted stabbing took place outside Bani Na’im, a

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