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Seeking energy independence, Palestinians open solar plant

May. 22, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say they have inaugurated their first solar panel plant as part of a plan to reduce their dependence on Israeli power sources. Mohammed Mustafa, head of the government's investment fund, says that Wednesday's plant opening in the ancient West Bank city of...

Rejecting taboos, Palestinian businessman welcomes US plan

May. 22, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian businessman who flouts political taboos by working with Israeli settlers in the West Bank could soon have a role in President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan. While Palestinian officials have swiftly rejected next month's planned Mideast conference in Bahrain, Ashraf...

German parliament denounces Israel boycott movement

May. 17, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved a resolution denouncing the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel, describing its methods as anti-Semitic and reminiscent of Nazi-era calls to boycott Jews. The motion called on the German government not to support events organized by BDS or...

Trump's election has boosted Israeli settlement construction

May. 14, 2019 8:52 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a "Trump effect,"...

UN envoy to Mideast warns of war between Israel, Hamas

May. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The U.N. envoy to the Mideast said Monday that the recent ceasefire between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel was the "last chance" to prevent an all-out conflict. A Qatari envoy arrived the same day in the Palestinian enclave with cash to help cement the truce, which halted the...

Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce

May. 7, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar on Tuesday said it is sending $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since a 2014 war. Qatar's Foreign Ministry said $300 million would support...

Israeli court rules Palestinians may attend joint memorial

May. 6, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Monday ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to allow Palestinians from the West Bank to enter Israel and attend a joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony in Tel Aviv this week. The court upheld an appeal against Netanyahu's refusal, as Israel's...

Israel steps up strikes as Gaza rocket attacks intensify

May. 5, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza militants fired hundreds of rockets into southern Israel on Sunday, killing at least four Israelis and bringing life to a standstill across the region in the bloodiest fighting since a 2014 war. As Israel pounded Gaza with airstrikes, the Palestinian death toll rose to 23, including...

The Latest: Hamas says it doesn't want a new war with Israel

May. 5, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The leader of Hamas says his group is "not interested in a new war" with Israel, after two days of heavy rocket fire from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded territory. Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement...

The Latest: Israel airstrike kills 2 militants in Gaza Strip

May. 4, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Israel-Palestinian conflict: (all times local): 3:20 a.m. Gaza residents say an Israeli airstrike killed two militants in central Gaza Strip. Witnesses and local media reports identified the dead early Sunday as members of the military wing of...