Tag: West Bank

In West Bank, Israel Imposes Pop-Up Checkpoints and Road Closings

AWARTA, West Bank — The freshly spray-painted signs in this hamlet outside Nablus are a symbol of the new normal in the West Bank, seven months into a scattershot wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis.   With the Israeli military having shut down the main road, local teenagers put up signs to coax Palestinian drivers […]

Israeli military closes West Bank for 4-day Purim holiday

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military has imposed a four-day closure on the West Bank, banning Palestinians from entering Israel during the Jewish festival of Purim.   The military says the closure began early Wednesday and will be maintained throughout the holiday, ending at midnight Saturday. Exceptions will be made for humanitarian and medical cases. […]

Israel expropriated West Bank land during end of Biden visit

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel expropriated a large stretch of land in the West Bank as Vice President Joe Biden was ending a visit to Israel last week, according to a copy of the land declaration obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.The land seizure, reported earlier by Israeli media, has already drawn a sharp rebuke […]

Palestinian official: Israel and Hamas both hoping for chaos in West Bank

A senior Palestinian official said Monday that Israel and Hamas have a common hope to cause chaos and anarchy in the Palestinian Authority.   “Israel’s goal is Hamas’s goal,” claimed Gen. Adnan Damiri, spokesman for the Fatah-dominated PA security forces in the West Bank.   Damiri’s comments, in an interview with The Jerusalem Post’s sister […]

Kerry meets Palestinian president amid tensions in West Bank and Jerusalem

Secretary of state John Kerry on Sunday met Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, and urged calm concerning tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Kerry reaffirmed the US commitment to a two-state solution to the conflict.   “The secretary continued to urge for calm and a decrease in violence, incitement and inflammatory […]

More than 400 Palestinians displaced from the West Bank by Israel in six weeks

More than 400 Palestinians have been displaced from the West Bank due to Israeli demolitions in the first six weeks of the year, according to a senior UN official.   Between 1 January and 15 February, Israeli forces are accused of dismantling or confiscated 283 homes, displacing 404 Palestinians – including 219 children.   The Coordinator for […]

Analysis: Why Benjamin Netanyahu can’t finish West Bank security barrier

Construction of the West Bank security barrier has been mostly frozen for nine years, even though some 36 percent has yet to be completed.   Nor is it likely to be finished in the near future, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise last week to wrap a security fence around the entire State of Israel. […]

UN rights expert accuses Israel of excessive force against Palestinians

The UN human rights investigator for Gaza and the West Bank called on Israel on Thursday to investigate what he called excessive force used by Israeli security forces against Palestinians and to prosecute perpetrators. Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter  Makarim Wibisono, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, also challenged […]

‘If Israel wasn’t occupying West Bank, Palestinian kids wouldn’t need to kill Jews’

A lawmaker with the Arab nationalist Balad Party rejected accusations on Tuesday that his colleagues’ meeting with the families of Palestinian terrorists last week was tantamount to “a provocation.”   The Knesset Ethics Committee suspended Balad’s three MKs from all Knesset activity except for voting on Monday for up to four months, days after the […]

Israel forces evict Jewish settlers from West Bank buildings

Israeli forces on Friday evicted dozens of Jewish settlers from two buildings they moved into the day before in the heart of the flashpoint city of Hebron, near an important shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims in the West Bank.   The troops removed 80 people who had moved into the buildings and then […]