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Palestinians: Israeli settlers torch cars in West Bank

Nov. 22, 2019 9:12 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli settlers attacked five villages in the occupied West Bank overnight, torching vehicles and olive trees, and leaving graffiti on the walls of homes, Palestinian officials said Friday. Ghassan Daghlas, a spokesman for the Nablus governorate, said the Jewish settlers set...

Former Israeli policewoman charged with shooting Palestinian

Nov. 21, 2019 6:49 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A former policewoman in Israel has been charged with assault and reckless use of a weapon for allegedly shooting an unarmed Palestinian man in the back with a sponge-tipped bullet as he walked away from a West Bank checkpoint. The case has drawn widespread attention since Channel 13 TV...

UN Security Council members rebuke US on Israel settlements

Nov. 20, 2019 4:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration, the 14 other U.N. Security Council members on Wednesday strongly opposed the U.S. announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law. They warned that the new American policy undermines a...

Vatican expresses concern after US decision on Israel

Nov. 20, 2019 8:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is expressing concern that “recent decisions” could undermine regional stability in the Middle East, in an apparent reference to the U.S. reversal of position on Israeli settlements. The Vatican on Wednesday didn’t specifically cite the U.S. conclusion...

Netanyahu celebrates US settlement decision in West Bank

Nov. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EST

ALON SHVUT, West Bank (AP) — Israel’s prime minister traveled to the West Bank on Tuesday to celebrate the U.S.’s announcement that it does not consider Israeli settlements to violate international law. Benjamin Netanyahu called the Trump administration’s declaration, which stepped...

US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements

Nov. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

US is softening stance on Israeli settlements in West Bank, disavowing 1978 opinion that they violate international law

Nov. 18, 2019 1:01 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US is softening stance on Israeli settlements in West Bank, disavowing 1978 opinion that they violate international law.

Palestinian journalist may lose eye after shot by Israel

Nov. 17, 2019 3:15 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Relatives of a Palestinian freelance photographer said Sunday that he has lost vision in one eye after apparently being struck by Israeli fire while covering a demonstration last week in the occupied West Bank. Muath Amarneh's case has drawn significant attention among...

US opposes new EU label rule for Israeli settlement products

Nov. 13, 2019 10:23 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it’s “deeply concerned” by a new EU requirement for businesses to label products from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The statement came in response to Tuesday’s ruling by the EU Court of Justice that settlement...

Video raises questions about Israeli shooting of Palestinian

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An amateur video taken in the West Bank indicated a Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces Monday was shot at close range, apparently while he was unarmed and posed no threat to soldiers. The army said it was investigating. It was the second video to emerge in the past week...