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Israel troops wounded in Jerusalem car-ramming as violence flares

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:26 PM

A manhunt is underway for the driver in the car-ramming, who fled the scene in the heart of west Jerusalem after the attack

CAR-RAMMING. Israeli policemen inspect the site of a car-ramming attack targeting Israeli troops in Jerusalem that wounded several people on February 6, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/AFP

All agreements off if Israel annexes territory, Abbas warns at U.N.

Sep 27, 2019 - 8:09 AM

'Our response, if any Israeli government is to proceed with this plan, is that all signed agreements with the government of the occupation and any obligations therein will be terminated,' says Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the Palestinian Peace and Freedom Forum, which was created by the Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO) Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, in Ramallah in the West Bank on February 6, 2019, with the attendance of Israeli activists. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Q&A: What would Israel annexing the Jordan Valley mean?

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge, a week ahead of a closely fought general election, is controversial but what would it actually mean?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley as he gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Israel's Netanyahu faces criticism over annexation plan

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'Any Israeli decision to impose its laws, jurisdictions and administration in the occupied West Bank is without any international legal effect,' says UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

JODRAN VALLEY. A photograph taken on September 11, 2019 shows a sign leading to the Palestinian village of Marj Ghazal in the Jordan Valley in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Anger at Netanyahu's West Bank annexation pledge

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The preelection promise draws immediate condemnation from Arab powerhouses with many warning of disastrous consequences for the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank's Jordan Valley if reelected

Sep 11, 2019 - 12:20 AM

The prime minister also repeats his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Israel's Netanyahu in controversial Hebron visit

Sep 05, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The Palestinian Authority condemns Netanyahu visit as 'provocative' and politically motivated

UNDER SIEGE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters as he leaves after an event marking the anniversary of the 1929 killing of 67 Jews by Palestinian rioters, in the West Bank town of Hebron, on September 4, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Manhunt after stabbed Israel soldier found dead in West Bank

Aug 08, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The stabbing occurs between Bethlehem and the flashpoint city of Hebron in the West Bank

INVESTIGATION. Israeli soldiers stand guard next to the site where the body of an Israeli soldier was found with multiple stabs near the settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank on August 8, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Jared Kushner visits after Israel okays homes for Palestinians, settlers

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:08 AM

Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, visits Jordan and Israel

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 23, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.  President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported Friday evening, May 26, 2017. Kushner, then and now a close adviser to Trump, went so far as to suggest using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from being monitored, the Post said, quoting US officials briefed on intelligence reports.    / AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes in Jerusalem area

Jul 22, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Residents and activists are dragged out of the homes, many of which are still under construction

Palestinian minister hits back at Israeli annexation talk

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'We cannot accept the annexation of territories by any country because this is (a) violation of international law,' says Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki speaks with Palestinian representatives before the 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 10, 2018. China will provide Arab states with 20 billion USD in loans for economic development, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials on July 10, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa. WANG ZHAO / AFP

U.S. envoy: Israel has 'right' to annex West Bank land

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Palestinians have rejected the plan before it has even been unveiled, seeing US President Donald Trump as irredeemably biased for Israel

SETTLEMENTS. A view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, with the settlement appearing in the background. File photo by Ahmad Gaharabli/AFP

Palestinian killed in clash with Israeli military – ministry

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The Israeli army says it will investigate the incident

POSITION. Israeli soldiers gather at a position over an earth barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli kibbutz of Nahal Oz across the border from the Gaza Strip on March 30, 2019, as Palestinians (background) protest to mark the first anniversary of the 'March of Return' protests. Photo by Jack Guez / AFP

Hamas calls for Israel to be held accountable after U.N. Gaza probe

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:02 PM

A senior official for the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip calls on 'the international community to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for the war crimes that it continues to commit against the Palestinians'

AFTERMATH. A man inspects the damage at a site targeted by an Israeli air strike a day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip on May 30, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

Turkey denounces Israel's decision over Hebron monitoring

Feb 02, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Turkey has observers in the Norway-led team tasked with promoting security for Palestinians in Hebron, which is holy to both Muslims and Jews and has been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

CONFLICT. A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron and to be relocated in another area, on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Israel postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor warns that Israel's planned 'evacuation by force' of the village could constitute a war crime

POSTPONED. This picture shows the village of Khan al-Ahmar in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on September 6, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel approves 31 settler homes in flashpoint Hebron – minister

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:46 PM

The upcoming Jewish neighborhood is the first to be constructed in 20 years

Israel gives Bedouin villagers until end of month to leave

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:19 PM

The fate of Khan al-Ahmar has drawn international concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it

U.S. cut in aid amounts to 'cheap blackmail,' Palestinians say

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

'The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,' says a member of PLO's executive committee

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas leaves hospital

May 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Abbas walk without assistance and gives a short statement before leaving the hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank

OUT OF HOSPITAL. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gives a short statement before leaving a hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 28, 2018 following 8 days of treatment for pneumonia.Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Israel 'legalizing' rogue settlement in response to murder

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:30 PM

(UPDATED) The vote comes as European nations voice growing concern over settlement expansion in the West Bank

LEADER. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. Photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Israel approves more than 1,100 new West Bank settlement homes – NGO

Jan 11, 2018 - 5:19 PM

According to Hagit Ofran of the Peace Now NGO, the majority of the approvals are for settlements deep in the West Bank that Israel would likely need to evacuate as part of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

WEST BANK. A picture taken on November 23, 2017 shows a view of the Jabal al-Baba Bedouin encampment, near the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem, with the settlement appearing in the background. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Jerusalem tensions cast shadow over Holy Land Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) Bethlehem is normally flooded by tourists at this time of year, but has at times appeared almost empty of visitors as nearby clashes between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army keep people away

CHRISTMAS TENSION. A picture taken on December 23, 2017 shows Palestinians standing in the Manger Square in the West Bank town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas eve. Photo by AFP

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

Netanyahu faces pressure in Europe amid Jerusalem protests

Dec 11, 2017 - 6:59 AM

Before leaving Israel, Netanyahu had taken aim at what he called Europe's 'hypocrisy'

PARIS MEETING. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a joint news conference following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 10, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

Trump Jerusalem move triggers Palestinian unrest

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Sporadic clashes break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, as Israel deploys hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout

ANGER IN GAZA. Palestinian protestors burn the Israeli flag and a poster of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Israel army deploys more troops after Trump Jerusalem move

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The deployments of Israel come amid uncertainty over the fallout from US President Donald Trump's speech recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians outraged, Israel joyous at Trump's Jerusalem move

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:27 AM

The declaration outrages Palestinian leaders who say it disqualifies the United States as a peace broker, but is hailed by Israel as historic

CALM – FOR NOW. A picture taken on December 6, 2017 shows a giant US flag screened alongside Israel's national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the old city. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, sparks firestorm

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:19 AM

Trump's defiant move, making good on a core campaign pledge, ends 7 decades of US ambiguity on the status of the Holy City vociferously claimed by Israelis and Palestinians

CONTROVERSIAL DECISION. US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017 as US Vice President Mike Pence looks on. Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:32 AM

(UPDATED) This decision upends decades of careful US policy and ignores dire warnings of a historic misstep that could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East

HISTORIC CENTER. People look out at a view of the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Dome of the Rock (C) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and the Western Wall (down) on December 5, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Arab League chief warns Trump Jerusalem move could fuel violence

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Ahmed Abul Gheit: 'It is unfortunate that some are insisting on carrying out this step without any regard to the dangers it carries to the stability of the Middle East and the whole world'

JERUSALEM. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

Palestinian gunman kills three Israelis at settlement – police

Sep 26, 2017 - 2:29 PM

The attack, which comes as US envoy Jason Greenblatt is in Jerusalem for talks on relaunching the moribund Middle East peace process, draws condemnation from Israeli officials who demand action from the Palestinian leadership

DEADLY CROSSING. Israeli security forces and emergency services gather at the site of an attack at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Har Adar after a Palestinian opened fire on security personnel before being shot dead on September 26, 2017. Thomas Coex/AFP

Israel builds settlements 'at high rate' – UN

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Israel continues to build settlements 'at a high rate,' in defiance of UN Security Council demands for an end to the expansion of Jewish outposts

A picture taken on July 4, 2016, shows buildings under construction in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. Israel has approved 560 new homes for the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, a spokesman for the settlement said on July 4, 2016 in a move likely to raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks. Netanyahu also gave approval for the planning of 240 new homes in east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhoods. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement agrees to dissolve a so-called 'administrative committee' and says it is prepared for elections

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections. Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called "administrative committee", while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Jordanian king backs Palestinian leader in rare visit

Aug 07, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Abdullah s visit is seen by analysts as providing support to Abbas who has been isolated by Israel over his response to the Al Aqsa row

Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) observe the honor guard during a visit in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 7, 2017.  Jordan's King began a rare visit to the occupied West Bank to meet with Palestinain president, amid shared tensions with Israel over a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

Israel removes holy site metal detectors, but boycott maintained

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:55 AM

4th UPDATE The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories

HOLY SITE. A picture taken on April 14, 2014 at the sunset shows the golden Dome of the Rock in the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's old city. Thomas Coex/AFP

Netanyahu tells Israeli settlers 'nobody will be uprooted'

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:52 AM

His comments come as Israeli authorities also advances plans for some 1 500 settlement homes in the West Bank including units for the first new official settlement in some 25 years

DISPUTED. A partial view taken on December 18, 2014 shows the east Jerusalem Israeli settlement of Har Homa (upper half) from the West Bank city of Bethlehem (lower half), which was originally built in the 1990s, in the annexed Arab east Jerusalem area of Jabal Abu Ghneim. Thomas Coex/AFP

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

May 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community Hamas officials say it formally softens its stance in a few key areas

NEW POLICY. The exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal (L) speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on May 1, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Palestinian, UN alarm after Israel approves new settlement

Mar 31, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Israel s security cabinet gives its backing to the new settlement late on Thursday as the government presses ahead with settlement expansion in defiance of international concern

AMONA. A view of Amona from April 28, 2013. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Israel ignores UN demand against settlements – diplomat

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The January spike in illegal settlement announcements by Israel is deeply concerning says envoy Nickolay Mladenov

Israeli soldier gets 18 months for killing Palestinian

Feb 22, 2017 - 7:03 AM

Defense lawyers announce an appeal and right wing Israeli ministers immediately called for a pardon while the Palestinian government and the victim s family condemns the sentence as too lenient

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria (C), who shot dead a wounded Palestinian assailant, arrives at the military court in Tel Aviv on January 31, 2017. Jack Guez/AFP

Israel parliament legalizes settler outposts on Palestinian land

Feb 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

The law – approved by 60 members of parliament to 52 against – is slammed by the Palestinians as a means to legalize theft of land

An Israeli settler holds a flag with slogans at the Amona outpost, northeast of Ramallah, on February 1, 2017. Jack Guez/AFP

White House says new Israeli settlements 'may not be helpful'

Feb 03, 2017 - 8:43 AM

The statement is a break from Donald Trump s previously full throated defense of Israeli settlement building

SETTLEMENTS. A picture taken on October 2, 2016 shows a general view of an Israeli building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Shilo in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. File photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel evicts settlers from West Bank outpost

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The operation marks the end of months of attempts by government hardliners to legalise the outpost near Ramallah

AMONA. Israeli settlers set furniture ablaze during scuffles with security forces at the Amona outpost, northeast of Ramallah, on February 1, 2017. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Israel authorizes 3,000 settler homes in West Bank – ministry

Feb 01, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Since the January 20 inauguration of Trump Israel has approved the construction of 566 housing units in 3 settlement areas of east Jerusalem and announced the building of 2 502 more in the West Bank

A picture taken on January 26, 2017 shows new apartments under construction in the Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground-L) situated in East Jerusalem, in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background-R)  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Israel plans 2,500 settler homes in post-Trump expansion

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The United Nations denounces the move stressing unilateral actions were an obstacle to peace

A general view taken on January 23, 2017 from the Palestinian West Bank village of Rafat shows the Israeli Jewish settlement of Leshem. Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP

Palestinian parties agree to form unity government

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The agreement between the top Palestinian parties comes after 3 days of reconciliation talks in Moscow

UNITY NEAR. Fatah movement official Azzam al-Ahmad (L), in charge of his party's reconciliation team, Abed al-Hafeez Nofal (C), the Palestinian ambassador to Moscow, and exiled Hamas deputy leader Mussa Abu Marzuq (R) give a press conference along with other representatives of Palestinian political parties and movements in Moscow on January 17, 2017. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Kerry warns Israel settlements threaten democracy

Dec 29, 2016 - 7:53 AM

Trends indicate a comprehensive effort to take West Bank land for Israel and prevent any Palestinian development there says US Secretary of State John Kerry in a landmark speech criticizing Israel for its settler agenda

TWO-STATE SOLUTION. In this photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry attends the Mediterranean Dialogues (MED) summit, a 3-day conference on security in the Mediterranean region, on December 2, 2016 in Rome. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Israel says 'reducing' ties with nations over UN vote

Dec 27, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Israeli media have reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked officials to visit the countries that voted for the resolution as little as possible for now

'REDUCING' TIES? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. File photo by Dan Balilty/AFP

Trump: UN Israel vote to make peace negotiations 'much harder'

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:34 AM

The big loss yesterday for Israel in the United Nations will make it much harder to negotiate peace Too bad but we will get it done anyway

File photo by CJ Gunther/EPA