US has softened its position on Israeli settlements in West Bank says Pompeo

U.S. 11/18/19, 19:18

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the Trump administration doesn’t consider Israel’s settlements in the West Bank as a violation of international law. In a rare press conference on Monday, Nov. 18, Pompeo said, “The Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration’s approach toward Israeli settlements. U.S. public statements ...

Palestinians mark anniversary of mass displacement

World 05/15/19, 10:29

Palestinians on Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of their mass displacement during the 1948 war around Israel's creation with protests across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.Thousands of people streamed to the Gaza-Israel frontier as the militant Hamas group, which controls Gaza, announced a general strike, closing schools and ...

Data shows Israeli settlements boosted after Trump election

Asia & Pacific 05/14/19, 01:14

Israel's government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a "Trump effect," claiming the president's friendlier approach to the settlements ...

Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce

Asia & Pacific 05/07/19, 06:43

Qatar on Tuesday said it is sending $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since a 2014 war.Qatar's Foreign Ministry said $300 million would support health and education programs of the Palestinian ...

Airbnb reverses, will allow listings in Israeli settlements

Business 04/09/19, 16:22

Airbnb is rescinding its plan to bar listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.The home-sharing company announced in November that it would remove approximately 200 listings in Israeli settlements, which are in a territory disputed by Palestinians. Airbnb said it will now allow those properties to be listed, but ...

In Israel election, Palestinians are nowhere to be found

Asia & Pacific 04/03/19, 01:44

In a charged election campaign that has been heavy on insults and short on substance, Israel's conflict with the Palestinians has been notably absent from the discourse. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party has offered no plan for what many believe is the country's most existential problem. His main challenger ...

Despite setbacks, Hamas’ grip on Gaza has never been tighter

World 04/01/19, 01:15

Over the weekend, Gaza's Hamas rulers marked a year of bloody, weekly protests that have failed to break the Israeli blockade. Rocket attacks brought a wave of Israeli airstrikes and unprecedented protests broke out against the Islamic militants' increasingly unpopular rule.And yet Hamas' control over Gaza is tighter than ever.The ...

Ancient West Bank site draws Christians, and controversy

Asia & Pacific 03/27/19, 01:12

Deep in the West Bank, Israeli settlers have transformed an archaeological site into a biblical tourist attraction that attracts tens of thousands of evangelical Christians each year.Tel Shiloh is believed to have been the site of the biblical tabernacle, but not everyone is pleased at how the ruins are presented ...

Israeli fire kills Gaza protester; clashes in West Bank

World 03/08/19, 13:24

Israeli troops on Friday shot dead a Palestinian at the weekly protest along the fence bordering the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, and Palestinians and the Israeli military clashed in a West Bank village earlier in the day.Tamer Arafat, 23, was wounded in the head in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah ...

UN report on firms linked to Israeli settlements stalls anew

Business 03/05/19, 13:42

The United Nations' human rights chief has delayed publication of a report on companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying in a letter made public Tuesday that her office needs more time to carry out a complex and unprecedented task — one with deep political implications. The ...

Future rabbis plant with Palestinians, sow rift with Israel

Asia & Pacific 02/19/19, 01:11

Young American rabbinical students are doing more than visiting holy sites, learning Hebrew and poring over religious texts during their year abroad in Israel. In a stark departure from past programs focused on strengthening ties with Israel and Judaism, the new crop of rabbinical students is reaching out to the Palestinians. ...

In tense West Bank city, Palestinians try to fill a void

Asia & Pacific 02/15/19, 01:17

Palestinian activists are trying to fill the void following Israel's expulsion of an international observer force from a volatile West Bank city by launching their own patrols to document alleged Israeli settler violence.The activists in Hebron don blue vests and are armed with video cameras.They say they'll replace the mission ...

West Bank settlers report surge in population growth

Asia & Pacific 02/05/19, 13:26

A West Bank settler group on Tuesday said the number of people living in Israeli settlements surged at a much faster rate than the overall Israeli population last year and predicted even more rapid growth thanks to the policies of the Trump administration. Baruch Gordon, director of West Bank Jewish Population ...

Palestinian forces soldier on amid Israeli raids, US neglect

Asia & Pacific 01/18/19, 02:04

The Palestinian security forces feel increasingly abused by their allies.Israel has been launching raids into the heart of Ramallah, and the U.S. is cutting off aid and taking actions that many fear will obliterate any remaining hope for a two-state solution.Despite the complaints, the Palestinian security forces are likely to ...

Weather front brings sandstorms, hail, rain to Middle East

World 01/16/19, 08:34

A harsh weather front brought sandstorms, hail and rain to parts of the Middle East, with visibility down in the Egyptian capital as an orange cloud of dust blocked out the sky and pedestrians covered their faces from the wind gusts.Dusty winds whipped through Israel and the West Bank as ...

Florida governor goes after Airbnb over West Bank decision

U.S. 01/15/19, 18:27

Saying he would "make them feel the heat," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday called for sanctions against Airbnb unless it reverses its decision barring lodging listings in the disputed West Bank in the Middle East.The Republican governor, who repeatedly touted his views on Israel while on the campaign trail ...

Israeli settlement activity appears to surge in Trump era

Asia & Pacific 01/02/19, 01:14

With little resistance from a friendly White House, Israel has launched a new settlement push in the West Bank since President Donald Trump took office, laying the groundwork for what could be the largest construction binge in years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figures, gathered from official ...

Christmas festivities begin in West Bank town of Bethlehem

Asia & Pacific 12/24/18, 06:06

Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem on Monday ahead of midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, ...

Israeli army says Palestinian killed at West Bank roadblock

Asia & Pacific 12/21/18, 12:33

The Israeli military on Friday confirmed shooting a Palestinian car passenger dead in the West Bank, while a second Palestinian teenager was killed in a weekly border demonstration in the Gaza Strip. The army said it opened fire on the car after it broke through a West Bank checkpoint. The military ...

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