Latest Palestinian territories News

Palestinian police vow to crack down on planned LGBT event

Aug. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have threatened to arrest anyone involved in a gathering planned by LGBT activists and have called on people to come forward with information about them. The announcement over the weekend followed word that al-Qaws, an LGBT group in the Palestinian territories,...

US scraps West Bank conference over Palestinian protests

Aug. 19, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday was forced to postpone a conference it organized in the West Bank city of Ramallah after Palestinian officials and factions called for a boycott and threatened to organize protests. The Palestinians cut all ties with the U.S. after it...

Palestinian leader fires advisers, wants bonuses returned

Aug. 19, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday laid off all of his advisers and ordered a former prime minister and other ex-Cabinet ministers to return tens of thousands of dollars from a pay raise he had secretly approved. Palestinian officials said the decisions, announced in...

Omar, Tlaib to discuss Israel, Palestine travel restrictions

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are talking about travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine after they were denied entry into the Jewish state last week. At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel denied entry to the two Muslim...

German minister discusses Mideast conflict on Jordan visit

Aug. 19, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister has reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a visit to neighboring Jordan. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Monday that such an agreement would be a "good basis for living together." She also spoke of the...

Netanyahu's partisan streak has paid off, but for how long?

Aug. 19, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In the eyes of critics, Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to bar two Democratic congresswomen at the request of President Donald Trump is the latest reckless gamble by a prime minister willing to sacrifice Israel's national interests for short-term gain. The move infuriated Democrats and...

Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians near Gaza fence

Aug. 18, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli troops killed three Palestinians and severely wounded a fourth near Gaza Strip's heavily guarded perimeter fence, the Gaza Health Ministry said Sunday. The Israeli military said a helicopter and a tank fired at armed suspects near the fence overnight. After weeks of...

Feminist icon Steinem blasts Israel PM over travel ban

Aug. 18, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has called Israel's prime minister a "bully" and says she won't visit as long as he remains the country's leader. In a statement posted online Saturday, she said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to bar a visit by two Democratic congresswomen...

Military: 3 rockets fired from Gaza toward Israel

Aug. 17, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into southern Israel. Israeli aerial defense batteries intercepted two of the missiles Saturday, the military said. Israeli media reported that shrapnel from the Iron Dome defense system landed on...

The Latest: Omar disputes Netanyahu's claims about itinerary

Aug. 16, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel banning U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's planned tour, and subsequent reversal allowing Tlaib entry to West Bank for a family visit (all times local): 9:45 p.m. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota disputes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...