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RAMALLAH, West Bank | Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Israel’s military launched a West Bank manhunt Thursday, setting up checkpoints and blocking roads, after a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop outside a West Bank settlement and sped away. The shooting added to a deadly week that claimed seven lives, including an Israeli newborn, a 60-year-old … Continue reading RAMALLAH, West Bank | Israel launches West Bank crackdown after Palestinian attack

BETHLEHEM, West Bank | Thousands attend Christmas tree lighting in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank  — 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 Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Father Francesco Patton, a top official with the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, were present at Saturday’s ceremony … Continue reading BETHLEHEM, West Bank | Thousands attend Christmas tree lighting in Bethlehem

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Hamas gets funds from Qatar to pay civil servants’ salaries

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip  — Gaza’s Hamas rulers say they have received $15 million from Qatar to help pay the salaries of civil servants. Employees reporting to the Islamic militant group lined up outside local banks Friday to receive 60 percent of their long-overdue salaries. A Qatari envoy brought in the money through Israel Thursday. … Continue reading GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip | Hamas gets funds from Qatar to pay civil servants’ salaries

RAMALLAH, West Bank | Palestinian president says Hamas serving US interests

RAMALLAH, West Bank  — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is accusing his Hamas rivals of serving U.S. interests by refusing to relinquish control of the Gaza Strip. Abbas fears the U.S. is planning a proposal that would offer the Palestinians limited statehood in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and some autonomy in parts of the Israeli-occupied West … Continue reading RAMALLAH, West Bank | Palestinian president says Hamas serving US interests

RAMALLAH, West Bank | Israel renews detention of Palestinian lawmaker

RAMALLAH, West Bank  — The family of a female Palestinian lawmaker who has been held without charge for over a year says Israeli authorities have extended her detention again by four months. Khalida Jarrar was scheduled to be released on October 29. But her husband, Ghassan, said Thursday that her lawyer was informed of the … Continue reading RAMALLAH, West Bank | Israel renews detention of Palestinian lawmaker

RAMALLAH, West Bank | Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture

RAMALLAH, West Bank — 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 … Continue reading RAMALLAH, West Bank | Human Rights Watch: Palestinians crush dissent with torture

JERUSALEM  | Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet

JERUSALEM  — 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 come under … Continue reading JERUSALEM  | Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | ICC prosecutor issues warning on Bedouin village demolition

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has issued a warning 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. In a statement Wednesday, … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | ICC prosecutor issues warning on Bedouin village demolition