West Bank

Humans of Palestine

A Palestinian-American businessman who had to work hard to live in Palestine BY Marian Houk He was born in the United States, an American of Palestinian roots, whose father was born in the West Bank. In 1993, and after marrying a Palestinian girl from Ramallah, Sam Bahour applied for Palestinian residency and ID card from

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Israeli Trump Supporters Open Campaign Office in West Bank

JERUSALEM, Sept 6 – Israeli supporters of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have opened a campaign office in the occupied West Bank, saying they hope to get as many American expatriates as possible to cast an absentee ballot for their candidate. There are about 300,000 U.S. citizens in Israel, according to the non-profit group

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Israel Approves 284 New Housing Units in West Bank Settlements

JERUSALEM, Aug 31 – Israel approved on Wednesday 284 new housing units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank at a time of heightened international concern over a construction drive on land Palestinians seek for a state. The decision by the military-run Civil Administration in the West Bank came two days after a senior

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In Crime-Ridden Israeli Arab City, Police Seek New Approach

By Sleiman Jad UMM AL-FAHM, Israel, Aug 25 – On the rundown streets of Umm Al Fahm, an Israeli-Arab city of 50,000, locals in smoky cafes are reluctant to speak. Violent crime at the hands of drug gangs is rife here. Reprisals are common. Israeli Jews rarely set foot in the city. “The gangs are

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Palestinian Who Stabbed Israeli Soldier Shot Dead

JERUSALEM, Aug 25  – An Israeli soldier on Wednesday shot dead a Palestinian motorist who had stabbed him and threw rocks from his car at a military vehicle in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the assailant hurled rocks from his moving car at an oncoming military patrol

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Healthcare in Gaza: The Waiting Game

The lives of Gaza patients hinge on Israel’s whims BY Maher Abukhater Sabreen Abu Sultan, 32, turns over in her hospital bed, howling in pain. She had two head surgeries in the past three months to remove a tumor that was blocking her vision. As she twists and turns in her bed, her mother, Khitam, 61,

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Where is Palestine?

Google: a bug wiped some names! BY Ben White Google was at the center of a storm recently, after a group of Palestinian journalists claimed that the tech giant had removed ‘Palestine’ from its map. As the statement was picked up and circulated, the hashtag #PalestineIsHere went viral on Twitter, and international media outlets covered the

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Has Hamas Reached A Dead End?

Cash-strapped Hamas faces local elections & internal leadership changes BY Ben White In Gaza, the movement is strapped for cash, as the territory’s residents continue to suffer under Israel’s illegal blockade. The unemployment rate in the first quarter of 2016 stood at 41.2 percent, while 80 percent of the population depends on humanitarian assistance to

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Thirsty Gaza

Pollution, salinity and rationing are threatening Gaza’s water supply By Sami Abu Salem In Jabalia Refugee Camp, north of Gaza, children and old women carrying plastic bottles gather near water taps to fill them with drinking water from a newly established artesian well set up by the municipality. Dalal Awwad, an elderly Palestinian woman, who lives alone in a nearby house, says

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