Tag: West Bank

Bill to Legalize West Bank Settlements Advances in Israel

An Israeli ministerial committee on Sunday approved a contentious bill that would allow for the retroactive legalization of Jewish settlement outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The measure breaks a longstanding taboo, and in the view of many experts, it defies international law. The bill requires approval by Parliament […]

Israel repeats promise to improve life in Gaza and the West Bank

Minister without a Portfolio Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), who headed the Israeli delegation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine, presented a list of steps that Israel is supposedly seeking to implement to improve the Palestinians’ economic reality during the agency’s annual meeting at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.   However, several […]

After weekend of terror, Abbas says Palestinians attack Israelis ‘because they’ve lost hope’

Abbas’s comments come after a violent weekend that saw six attacks within a 48-hour period in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday apparently attempted to distance the PA establishment from the recent spate of terror attacks against Israelis, saying the perpetrators conducted such violence on their own initiative.   […]

Peace Now: ‘Netanyahu abetting illegal settler building’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has abetted illegal settler building by allowing Israeli officials to work on retroactively legalizing 756 such homes in the West Bank this year, Peace Now charged.   The group, which monitors settlement building, issued a mini report on such activity, in advance of Wednesday’s meeting of the Higher Planing Council for […]

Israel Quietly Legalizes Pirate Outposts in the West Bank

MITZPE DANNY, West Bank — One night in the fall of 1998, a self-professed “outpost entrepreneur” brought three trailers to a rugged hilltop in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and established his first pirate settlement.   Dozens of youthful supporters came to cheer on the entrepreneur, Shimon Riklin, whose wife, newborn and toddler joined him a […]

UN: Israel may ’forcibly transfer’ 46 West Bank Beduin communities

Forty-six Palestinian herding and Beduin West Bank communities outside of Jerusalem are at risk of population transfer, the United Nations warned on Wednesday as a top official attended a protest ceremony against the pending IDF demolition of a small, unauthorized school in one of those encampments.Under a hot morning sun, David Carden, who heads the […]

Hamas accuses Israel of trying to meddle in West Bank elections

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said Wednesday that they arrested Hussein Abu Kweik, a representative from Hamass election committee, in Ramallah overnight. He was arrested for alleged activities that could pose a threat to security in the area.A spokesman for Hamas in Gaza condemned the arrest and alleged that Israel was trying to meddle […]

Abbas scheme for rival Jerusalem municipality

The US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel too have warned the octogenarian Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas against holding the Oct. 8 municipal elections he has called for the Palestinian-ruled West Bank towns and locales and the Gaza Strip. Abbas had hoped to catch the Islamist Hamas off guard at a time when it was in […]

Israel approves extra $18m for West Bank settlements

The Israeli government has approved an additional $18m (£12m) to pay for West Bank settlements.   The prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said the decision by his rightwing cabinet to allocate the extra 70 million shekels was in response to concerns about the security of existing Israeli settlements.   According to the Haaretz newspaper, the amount […]

UN: 2015 was most violent year in West Bank, Israel in the last decade

Last year saw the highest number of Palestinian and Israeli casualties in the West Bank and Israel since the UN began recording such data a decade ago, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report issued early Monday morning.   The 19-page report titled “Fragmented Lives” took aim at […]