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A woman attends mass next to three bottles of hand sanitizer available for worshippers at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Jesus Christ is believed to be buried, during a third lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

WHO raises 'concerns' about Mideast vaccine inequity

Jan. 18, 2021 1:16 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The World Health Organization has raised "concerns" about the unequal distribution of coronavirus vaccines in Israel, which has given shots to more than 20% of its population, and the occupied territories, where Palestinians have yet to receive any, an official said Monday. Rights groups...

FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, settlers jump on a trampoline as an Israeli solider stands guard in the Israeli controlled part of the West Bank city of Hebron. Israel's premier human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single

Israel moves to rein in rights group over 'apartheid' use

Jan. 18, 2021 8:13 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's education minister says he is banning groups that call Israel an “apartheid state” from lecturing at schools — a move that targets one of the country's leading human rights groups after it began describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian...

Israelis receive the second Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in Netanya, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the drugmaker in exchange for the continued flow of its COVID-19 vaccine. Critics say the deal is raising major ethical concerns, including possible privacy violations and a deepening of the global divide between wealthy countries and poorer populations, including Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, who face long waits to be inoculated. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel trades Pfizer doses for medical data in vaccine blitz

Jan. 18, 2021 1:30 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — After sprinting ahead in the race to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the international drug giant in exchange for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine. Proponents say the...

Israeli jets hit Hamas targets in Gaza after rockets fired

Jan. 18, 2021 1:20 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli military aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip early on Monday in response to two rockets fired from the Palestinian territory, the military said. In a statement, the military said fighter jets hit Hamas military targets, including sites for digging underground tunnels, some of...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters.  Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later in 2021. The voting is seen as a key step in mending a rift between Abbas’ Fatah party that rules the West Bank and the Islamic militant group Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip. ( (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Palestinian president briefs Egypt, Jordan on election plan

Jan. 17, 2021 12:36 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday hosted the Egyptian and Jordanian intelligence chiefs to brief them on plans to hold the first Palestinian elections in 14 years. Abbas issued a decree on Friday announcing plans for parliamentary elections in May and a presidential...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters.  Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later in 2021. The voting is seen as a key step in mending a rift between Abbas’ Fatah party that rules the West Bank and the Islamic militant group Hamas that controls the Gaza Strip. ( (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Explainer: Road to Palestinian vote full of obstacles

Jan. 16, 2021 12:02 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the first presidential and parliamentary elections since 2006 will be held later this year. But the road to the vote — key to advancing Palestinian statehood and mending a rift between Abbas' Fatah party and the...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas heads a leadership meeting at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.  Abbas has issued a decree setting parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. It would be the first vote of its kind since 2006, when the Islamic militant group Hamas won a landslide victory. (Alaa Badarneh/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Abbas decrees first Palestinian elections in 15 years

Jan. 15, 2021 3:15 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday decreed parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year in what would be the first vote of its kind since 2006, when the Islamic militant group Hamas won a landslide victory. Elections would pose a major risk for Abbas'...

A Palestinian man cuts wood using a chainsaw in a traditional charcoal production site in the town of Jabaliya, Northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Sparse trees, little work for woodcutters in squeezed Gaza

Jan. 15, 2021 1:10 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With a chainsaw in his car, Ahmed Abdelal tours the Gaza Strip, asking around for people wanting to cut down trees, regrow orchards or make way for construction. One of the few remaining woodcutters in the Palestinian territory, Abdelal, who learned woodcutting from his father,...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson speaks during a news conference for the opening of Parisian Macao in Macau.  Adelson, the billionaire mogul and power broker who built a casino empire spanning from Las Vegas to China and became a singular force in domestic and international politics has died after a long illness.  (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Israel's benefactor Adelson leaves controversial legacy

Jan. 13, 2021 2:53 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is mourned by official Israel as a powerful benefactor with direct access to U.S. presidents. Others on Wednesday saw a legacy tinged with controversy and touched by deadly conflict. Adelson, who died on Tuesday at 87, was a prolific donor to causes...

Gaza's Hamas rulers bar patients from US charity's hospital

Jan. 13, 2021 1:40 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers said Wednesday they would bar patients from the Palestinian territory from going to a field hospital opened by a U.S. charity in protest of what they say are insufficient services. The hospital, located on no-man's land along the Israeli border, is meant to...