Latest West Bank News

Frustrated Abbas gives Israel ultimatum in harsh UN address

Sep. 24, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In an unusually harsh speech, President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday gave Israel one year to end its occupation of territories the Palestinians want for a future state. He threatened to withdraw recognition of Israel — a cornerstone of three decades of failed peace efforts —...

Palestinians say Israel troops killed protester in West Bank

Sep. 24, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli fire during clashes Friday between protesters and Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The clashes erupted in the northern town of Beita, where residents hold weekly...

Jailbreak shines light on mass incarceration of Palestinians

Sep. 24, 2021 03:24 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The cinematic escape of six prisoners who tunneled out of an Israeli penitentiary earlier this month shone a light on Israel's mass incarceration of Palestinians, one of the many bitter fruits of the conflict. Hundreds of thousands of...

Escapees captured, Israel opens crossing near prison break

Sep. 22, 2021 02:42 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Wednesday reopened a crossing with the occupied West Bank for the first time since six prisoners tunneled out of a nearby Israeli prison, a rare escape that triggered a massive search before they were all recaptured. The Israeli...

Poll finds nearly 80% of Palestinians want Abbas to resign

Sep. 21, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll has found that nearly 80% of Palestinians want President Mahmoud Abbas to resign, reflecting widespread anger over the death of an activist in security forces' custody and a crackdown on protests over the summer. The survey released Tuesday...

Israeli army arrests last 2 of 6 Palestinian prison escapees

Sep. 19, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces on Sunday arrested the last two of six Palestinian prisoners who escaped a maximum-security Israeli prison two weeks ago, closing an intense, embarrassing episode that exposed deep security flaws in Israel and turned the fugitives into Palestinian heroes. ...

Lawyers say Palestinian prisoners were beaten after capture

Sep. 15, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Lawyers for two Palestinians who were captured after escaping from an Israeli prison last week said Wednesday their clients were badly beaten during their arrest, with the most well-known of the prisoners suffering a broken jaw and two broken ribs while in...

Israel arrests 4 Palestinian fugitives who escaped prison

Sep. 11, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Saturday said they have arrested four of the six Palestinians who broke out of a maximum-security prison this week — including a famed militant leader whose exploits over the years have made him a well-known figure in Israel. Late on...

Israeli media: 4 Palestinian escapees captured, 2 at large

Sep. 10, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media reports say two more of the six Palestinian who broke out of a maximum-security prison this week have been arrested at dawn Saturday, leaving two prisoners at large. The prisoners captured included Zakaria Zubeidi, a well-known militant...

Palestinian teen describes brutal attack by Israeli settlers

Sep. 10, 2021 02:19 AM EDT

SILAT Al-DHAHR, West Bank (AP) — More than two weeks after the attack, Tareq Zubeidi still spends most of his time in bed, too scared to leave home even if the wounds on his feet allowed him to walk normally. The 15-year-old is haunted by the memory of what he describes...