Tag: West Bank

US re-issues travel advisory for Israel, West Bank and Gaza

Citing a “complex” security environment, the US State Department re-issued a travel warning Wednesday night for its citizens planning to travel throughout Israel, Jerusalem in particular. It also urged US citizens and diplomatic personnel to avoid the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and certain areas of Area A in the West Bank.   “The security environment remains […]

Poll: Most Palestinians Oppose Abbas and Oslo, Support Stabbings

Some two-thirds of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support the use of knives in the current confrontations with Israelis, back the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and advocate abandoning the Oslo accords with Israel, according to the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. The […]

Israel suspends EU role in Palestinian peace process

Israel said Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labeling of exports from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, ordered the ministry to carry out “a reassessment of the […]

Kerry says current violence between Israelis, Palestinians ‘not sustainable’

UN warns of ‘catastrophe’; two terror attacks in West Bank in an hour; one Israeli woman injured   US Secretary of State John Kerry said the bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians “is yet another indication of the folly of believing that efforts at permanent peace and reconciliation are somehow not worth pursuing.”   “The current […]

Christians in Bethlehem Endure Through Deadly Persecution

BETHLEHEM—“We are the forgotten people, but we are not forgotten by God.” That’s how Pastor Naim Khoury of First Baptist Church of Bethlehem—the largest evangelical church in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank area of Israel—explained his church’s continuing existence. After all, it’s been bombed 14 times.   The birthplace of Jesus is Bethlehem, the hometown of […]

Palestinian Anger in Jerusalem and West Bank Gets a Violent Soundtrack

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian teenagers who came one after another into the True Love gift and music shop on a recent afternoon all had the same request: nationalistic songs — the new ones.   The proprietor quickly handed over the CDs that he had just started keeping at the checkout counter, like “Jerusalem […]

Three Israeli children, parents suffer burns in West Bank firebombing attack

Palestinian terrorists hurled a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli vehicle traveling on Route 60 on Friday evening, causing burn injuries to five Israeli civilians: A four-year-old girl, an 11-year-old girl, a 44-year-old woman, a man whose age has yet to be determined, and a boy.   Magen David Adom paramedic evacuated the five victims to […]

Palestinians torch Joseph’s Tomb in West Bank as unrest continues

Hundreds of Palestinian rioters set fire to the site revered by some Jews as the tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph in the West Bank city of Nablus early Friday, ahead of an emergency United Nations Security Council session to discuss the ongoing violence.   Palestinian security forces extinguished the blaze early Friday before Israel […]

Hamas call for ‘day of rage’ Friday

Hamas has called for “Friday confrontations” with IDF forces in the West Bank and along the Gaza border with Israel as part of a Palestinian “day of rage.”   Security forces were bracing for possible outbursts of violence after Thursday passed with a rare day of relative calm amid two weeks of nearly daily attacks. […]

Palestinians torch Joseph’s Tomb in West Bank as unrest continues

The fire was condemned harshly by Israeli politicians, with Avigdor Lieberman, a former foreign minister under Benjamin Netanyahu, proclaiming “This arson shows that the Palestinian Authority’s occupation is no different than that of [ISIS]”. He added that the rioters had been incited by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, first to kill Israelis with machetes and […]