Latest West Bank News

Saudi soccer team visits West Bank for 1st time

Oct. 13, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national soccer team has arrived in the West Bank for its first match in the Palestinian territories. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed team representatives on Sunday. He says Tuesday's World Cup qualifier illustrates deep bonds between the two peoples....

Palestinians agree to accept funds transferred by Israel

Oct. 4, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel months after declining them in protest, Palestinian officials said Friday. The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to...

To ban or not to ban? Masked protesters in other countries

Oct. 4, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's government, faced with months of pro-democracy protests that have spiraled into violence, on Friday invoked emergency powers to ban masks from public gatherings. A look at how some other countries have dealt with masked protesters: ___ CANADA Canada's Parliament passed a bill...

Israel quietly lets in Gaza workers in bid to ease tensions

Oct. 1, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel is quietly allowing thousands of Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work menial jobs, apparently as part of understandings with the ruling Hamas militant group aimed at preventing a fourth war in the blockaded territory. Israel effectively...

Israel examines alleged torture of suspect in fatal blast

Sep. 29, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian suspect in a deadly West Bank bombing was in severe condition at an Israeli hospital, his lawyer said Sunday, as Israeli media reported an investigation was opened into possible wrongdoing by Israeli security officers during interrogation. Mahmoud Hassan said that his client,...

Electoral gains revive old dilemma for Israeli Arabs

Sep. 29, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

NAZARETH, Israel (AP) — When election results confirmed that an Arab alliance had emerged as the third largest bloc in Israel's parliament, its leader Ayman Odeh reached for the Old Testament, tweeting in Hebrew from Psalm 118 that the stone which was rejected had become the cornerstone. His message: The...

Israel says 3 suspects in deadly West Bank blast arrested

Sep. 28, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials say they have caught the Palestinian militants responsible for a bombing in the West Bank that killed a teenage girl last month. The Shin Bet internal security agency said Saturday the suspects were three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia urges pressure on Iran

Sep. 27, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 7:55 p.m. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has railed against what he called the "dangerous phenomenon" of migration in a speech that reflected the country's nationalist policies....

Israel arrests Palestinian minister of Jerusalem affairs

Sep. 25, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Wednesday they arrested the Palestinian minister of Jerusalem affairs for conducting political activity in east Jerusalem. Fadi al-Hadami was charged with allegedly breaking a law prohibiting political activity in Jerusalem by the Palestinian Authority, which is based...

Israeli top court hears HRW activist's expulsion appeal

Sep. 24, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the appeal of the local director of Human Rights Watch, who is seeking to block an attempt by the government to expel him for allegedly supporting an international boycott movement against Israel. A lower court in April upheld a decision not to renew...