Dozens arrested as Israel steps up West Bank manhunt

World 12/14/18, 10:32

Israeli forces on Friday arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank as the army intensified a crackdown in response to a pair of deadly shootings believed to have been carried out by Hamas militants.In a fresh wave of violence, an Israeli soldier was severely wounded by a Palestinian ...

Update: Palestinian police end Hamas’ West Bank protest

World 12/14/18, 10:14

The Latest on the violence in the West Bank (all times local):5:15 p.m.Palestinian police have cracked down on a Hamas protest in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, beating demonstrators with batons and throwing stun grenades.Some 50 Hamas activists confronted Palestinian forces after Muslim prayers on Friday, as the ...

Shooting near West Bank settlement kills at least 2 Israelis

World 12/13/18, 05:27

A shooting attack near a West Bank settlement on Thursday killed at least two Israelis and critically wounded another two, Israel's rescue service said.The deaths extend a violent week that began with a shooting outside a West Bank settlement on Sunday, resulting in the death of a baby who was ...

Update: Shooting attack in West Bank kills 2 Israelis

World 12/13/18, 05:04

The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):11:55 a.m.The head of Israel's medical rescue service says two Israelis have been killed and two wounded in a shooting attack near a West Bank settlement.Eli Bin, the head of Israel's Magen David Adom service, told Israeli Army Radio that two people ...

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

World 12/10/18, 02:21

A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years.In this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 ...

Israeli troops kill Palestinian man in West Bank clash

World 12/04/18, 10:31

Palestinian officials say Israeli troops have killed a Palestinian man during a military operation in the West Bank city of Tulkarem.Palestinians pray by the body of Mohammed Habali 22, during his funeral in the Tulkarem refugee camp near the West Bank city of Tulkarem, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Habali was ...

Thousands attend Christmas tree lighting in Bethlehem

World 12/01/18, 14:42

Thousands of faithful and dignitaries have attended the lighting of the giant Christmas tree outside the Church of the Nativity in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Palestinian Christians celebrate the lighting of a Christmas tree in Manger Square, outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem,, ...

Israel steps up boycott fight after Airbnb settlement ban

Business 11/20/18, 13:04

Israel is threatening vacation rental company Airbnb with high taxes and legal repercussions over its decision to remove listings from Jewish West Bank settlements.The threats step up Israel's fight against a global movement advocating for boycotts over the country's treatment of the Palestinians.Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin says Tuesday that ...

Militant or poet? US sanctions Hezbollah leader’s son

World 11/15/18, 12:11

The son of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader designated by the U.S. State Department this week as a "global terrorist" is a poet and music lover who moves around without security and whose role within the group is shrouded in secrecy.Jawad Nasrallah, the 37-year-old father of four, is the second eldest son ...

Civilians in Israel, Gaza feel helpless amid new fighting

World 11/13/18, 14:38

Loren Amar was watching TV with her father around midnight when an air-raid siren warning of incoming rocket fire blared through their working-class neighborhood in southern Israel.Their old apartment had no in-house shelter, so they huddled in the stairway just before a rocket from Gaza slammed into the building next-door, ...

Palestinians revive calls to end security ties with Israel

World 10/30/18, 07:03

The Palestine Liberation Organization's mini-parliament has called for ending security coordination with Israeli forces in the West Bank, but says implementation is up to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.Late on Monday, at the end of a two-day gathering, the Palestinian Central Council also called for suspending recognition of Israel. Abbas, who ...

Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in Gaza, 1 in West Bank

World 10/26/18, 18:30

Israeli forces shot dead five Palestinian youths Friday, four in Gaza protests and one in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.In Gaza, the deadly escalation followed two prior weekly protests along the perimeter fence with Israel that saw no fatalities.Protesters chant slogans while waves their national flags as ...

Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture

World 10/23/18, 04:30

Security forces of the rival Palestinian governments routinely use torture and arbitrary arrests, among other tactics, to quash dissent by peaceful activists and political rivals, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.The charges come in a new report released by the New York-based watchdog, following a two-year investigation that included interviews with ...

Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet

World 10/20/18, 22:42

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he has decided to postpone the planned demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at staving off the fierce international condemnation such a demolition would likely entail.Israel has ...

ICC prosecutor issues warning on Bedouin village demolition

Europe 10/17/18, 03:23

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor issued a warning Wednesday that if Israel goes ahead and destroys a Palestinian Bedouin village on the West Bank that could constitute a war crime.Israel's Supreme Court recently rejected a final appeal against plans to demolish the village, Khan al-Ahmar.ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said ...

Update: Woman dies after settlers pelt car with stones

World 10/13/18, 02:45

The Latest on the Israel-Palestinian conflict (all times local):9:35 a.m.A Palestinian protester hurls stones towards Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)Palestinians in the northern West Bank say a woman has been killed after being struck in the ...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

Business 10/10/18, 09:53

An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one ...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

World 10/10/18, 02:59

An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible.But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one investor's ...

Palestinian kills 2 Israelis in West Bank industrial zone

World 10/07/18, 07:27

A Palestinian attacker opened fire inside a joint Israeli-Palestinian industrial zone in the West Bank on Sunday, killing two Israelis and seriously wounding a third, the military said.Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the preliminary finding is that a 23-year-old from a nearby village carried out a "terror attack" ...

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