West Bank

Israeli Woman Killed in Stabbing Incident

JERUSALEM, Jan 26 – An Israeli woman died on Tuesday of wounds suffered in a stabbing attack in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank a day earlier in which two Palestinian assailants were shot dead, police said. The incident pointed to an emerging pattern of attacks inside West Bank settlements and prompted Prime

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Netanyahu Seeks to Return Army-Evicted Settlers to West Bank Houses

JERUSALEM, Jan 24 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would allow Jewish settlers evicted by the Israeli army from two houses in the West Bank city of Hebron to return once proper permits were in place. Israeli settlements in occupied territory, deemed illegal by most countries, are a fundamental issue in the

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13-year-old Palestinian Girl Shot Dead for Trying to Stab Israeli Guard

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 24 – A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead on Saturday by an Israeli security guard she tried to stab at a settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Israeli police said. Hours later, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came out against Palestinian groups he said were encouraging youth to

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Israel Confirms Plans to Seize West Bank Land

JERUSALEM, Jan 21 – Israel confirmed on Thursday it was planning to appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, a move likely to exacerbate tensions with Western allies and already drawing international condemnation. In an email sent to Reuters, COGAT, a unit of the Defence Ministry, said

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Israel Charges Palestinians Allegedly Recruited by Hezbollah

JERUSALEM, Jan 20 – Israel has charged five Palestinians who it says were being recruited and funded by powerful Lebanese faction Hezbollah to monitor Israel’s military activity and carry out a suicide attack, police said on Wednesday. Suicide bombings were frequently mounted by Palestinian militants against Israel during a 2000-2005 uprising but are now rare.

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Stitching Dreams in Gaza

A former banker laid off from her job has found relief in embroidery BY Sami Abu Salem Palestinians in Gaza have had to turn to creative ways to earn a livelihood as the decade-long Israeli siege has led to dire economic situation. One such creative outlet—handicrafts—has seen a resurgence in the past few years; an abandoned

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Palestinians Arrest Negotiations Aide Suspected of Spying for Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 17 – Palestinian officials said on Sunday they had arrested a member of their peace negotiating department for spying for Israel, a development likely to deepen distrust between the sides at a time of deadlocked diplomacy and simmering street violence. The man, whose name was not released, is part of the

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Gaza Strip Gets First New Hospital in a Decade

GAZA, Jan 6 – The Gaza Strip’s struggling healthcare system will get some much needed help in 2016 after the first new hospital in a decade opened its doors in the territory last month and as two more foreign-funded clinics are set to launch this year. After nearly five years of construction, with delays caused

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No Room for Error

A Palestinian woman cuts her way into the world of surgery in Gaza by Sami Abu Salem BORN In the Beach Refugees camp, west of Gaza City in 1973, Mona Kaskin always knew she wanted to be a doctor. But the road to success was paved with many challenges for the 42-year-old Palestinian physician and

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Israel Destroys Homes of Palestinians Involved in Killing Israelis

BY Maher Abukhater WEB EXCLUSIVE JERUSALEM – Israel destroyed two homes on Monday of Palestinians involved in attacking and killing Israelis almost three months ago. A large number of Israeli police personnel surrounded Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood of East Jerusalem since early morning and proceeded to destroy homes for the Elyan and Abu Jamal families. Bahaa Elyan

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