Latest Palestinian territories News

Palestinian-born Berliner leads efforts to rebuild synagogue

Mar. 22, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Raed Saleh was 5 years old when his family left their Palestinian village in the West Bank for a better life in Germany. Now 41, the Muslim has become one of Berlin's top politicians and is spearheading efforts to rebuild a synagogue in the German capital that was destroyed by the Nazis 80...

US abruptly endorses Israel's Golan sovereignty in big shift

Mar. 21, 2019 11:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election....

Palestinian official: Israel kills unarmed man in West Bank

Mar. 21, 2019 4:14 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The governor of the West Bank city of Bethlehem said Thursday that Israeli soldiers shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian man who was trying to aid another near the city. Governor Kamel Hmeid said Israeli troops in the adjacent village of al-Khader fired at a car and wounded the...

Feds: Palestinian man lied to get visa to US

Mar. 20, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say a Palestinian man lied about his possible ties to terrorist organizations and acts of violence against Israeli military forces in order to travel to the U.S. The U.S. attorney for Massachusetts on Wednesday said 19-year-old Waad Alzerei is charged with visa fraud and...

Israeli army: 2 Palestinians killed in clashes with troops

Mar. 20, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has shot and killed two Palestinians who attacked troops in a West Bank city. The military says several explosive devices were hurled on Wednesday morning at soldiers securing Jewish worshippers at Joseph's Tomb in Nablus. Troops opened fire and killed two of...

Israeli army kills Palestinian suspected of West Bank attack

Mar. 19, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's army says troops have killed a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a weekend stabbing and shooting attack that left two Israelis dead near a West Bank settlement. The army said late Tuesday that 19-year-old suspect Omar Abu Leila was fatally shot when he opened fire on soldiers...

Analysis: Pompeo skirts talk of peace plan on Israel trip

Mar. 19, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pays a visit to Israel this week but it's what he's not doing while there that may be the most notable aspect of the trip. Pompeo doesn't plan to talk publicly about the "deal of the century" that President Donald Trump said he would offer to settle the...

Rare protests erupt against Hamas' 12-year rule over Gaza

Mar. 19, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas is facing the biggest demonstrations yet against its 12-year rule of the Gaza Strip, with hundreds of Palestinians taking to the streets in recent days to protest the dire living conditions in the blockaded territory. With little tolerance for dissent, the Islamic...

Gaza parrot gets treatment from Israeli animal rights group

Mar. 19, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

EREZ CROSSING, Gaza Strip (AP) — An ailing parrot in the blockaded Gaza Strip received treatment Tuesday from an Israeli animal rights group after its Palestinian owner appealed for help via Facebook. Abdullah Sharaf told The Associated Press that his African grey parrot, Koki, drank bleach that burned a...

Palestinian agency urges donors: Match 2018 funds in 2019

Mar. 18, 2019 10:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees on Monday urged donors who filled a $446 million hole in its budget last year after the Trump administration drastically cut the U.S. contribution to be equally generous this year. "Last year we had an...