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In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo, Palestinian shopkeeper Samer Abu Eisheh walks up stairs in his store, which carries children's clothes imported from China, in the West Bank city Hebron. The local market has long been flooded by low-cost Chinese goods. Traders fear that if the outbreak and quarantine efforts continue they will have to switch to more expensive alternatives, passing higher prices onto consumers who may not be able to bear them. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

China's closed: Palestinian traders fear losing a good deal

Feb. 18, 2020 1:38 AM EST

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — The West Bank city of Hebron is separated from the epicenter of China's virus outbreak by more than 4,000 miles and a ring of Israeli checkpoints. But even here the economic symptoms of the outbreak are starting to appear. Palestinian markets have long been flooded by low-cost...

FILE - In this April 16, 2019 file photo, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh gives an interview with The Associated Press, at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian prime minister lashed out Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to end the Mideast conflict, saying it would be

Palestinian PM: Trump's Mideast plan 'will be buried'

Feb. 16, 2020 9:55 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Palestinian prime minister lashed out Sunday at U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal to end the Mideast conflict, saying it would be “buried very soon.” Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Mohammad Shtayyeh said the U.S. plan was “no more than a memo of...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo takes questions from reporters during a flight from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to Germany, Thursday, February 13, 2020. Pompeo on Thursday said he is “outraged” by the U.N.'s publication of a list of companies accused of violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Pompeo 'outraged' by UN list of firms with settlement ties

Feb. 13, 2020 12:24 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said he is “outraged” by the U.N.'s publication of a list of companies accused of violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. In a statement, Pompeo said the list supports a Palestinian-led...

FILE - This Jan. 26, 2020, file photo, shows a view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Yeriho. The United Nations Human Rights Council released a list of more than 100 companies it says are operating in Israel's West Bank settlements. In a report Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the council said the companies' activities “

UN list targets firms linked to Israeli settlements

Feb. 12, 2020 3:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. human rights office on Wednesday released a list of more than 100 companies it said are complicit in violating Palestinian human rights by operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank — a first-ever international attempt to name and shame businesses that has...

UN rights council releases list of companies active in Israel's West Bank settlements

Feb. 12, 2020 8:58 AM EST
JERUSALEM (AP) — UN rights council releases list of companies active in Israel's West Bank settlements.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, listens while former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Palestinian chief and ex-Israeli PM show 2 sides can talk

Feb. 11, 2020 9:15 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sat beside former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Tuesday and said he is ready to resume negotiations under an international umbrella on the peace deal they made significant progress on in 2008 — not on the Trump administration’s...

Palestinians wave national flags as they take part in a protest against President Donald Trump's Mideast initiative in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to deliver a speech at the U.N. later in the day, but members will not be voting on a draft resolution. Palestinian officials denied the resolution had been pulled, but diplomats said many members, including European countries, rejected the language in a draft that had circulated. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed).

Poll finds Palestinians overwhelmingly reject Trump plan

Feb. 11, 2020 11:21 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Ninety-four percent of Palestinians reject President Donald Trump's Mideast initiative, according to a poll released Tuesday, which also found plummeting support for a two-state solution with Israel and nearly two-thirds backing armed struggle. The first survey of Palestinian...

Palestinians protest the Mideast plan announced by the U.S. President Donald Trump, in Hebron, West Bank, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. Trump's Mideast plan would create a disjointed Palestinian state with a capital on the outskirts of east Jerusalem, beyond the separation barrier built by Israel. The rest of the Jerusalem, including the Old City, would remain Israel's capital. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Palestinian leader to address UN on Trump plan, but no vote

Feb. 10, 2020 5:43 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will reiterate his rejection of the Trump administration’s Mideast plan in an address to the U.N. Security Council Tuesday, but members will not be voting on a draft resolution opposing the U.S. proposal. President Donald Trump unveiled the...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2016 file photo, Israeli Knesset member, Yair Lapid, gives an interview in his office at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem. Lapid, the co-leader of Israel's opposition Blue and White party said Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, that President Donald Trump's Mideast plan offers a promising blueprint for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had turned it into a campaign “stunt” by pushing for immediate annexation of West Bank settlements. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israeli opposition co-leader: PM makes Trump plan a 'stunt'

Feb. 10, 2020 11:18 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading Israeli opposition figure said Monday that embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned a U.S. initiative for ending conflict with the Palestinians into a campaign “stunt” by pushing for the immediate annexation of West Bank settlements. Co-leader...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019 file photo, Israeli police push a man during a protest outside a hospital in Jerusalem where Samir Arbeed, a Palestinian suspect in a deadly West Bank bombing, is being treated. Israel faces allegations of severely torturing three alleged Palestinian militants rounded up after the rare bombing in the occupied West Bank killed a 17-year-old girl in August. Lawyers and family members say the three top suspects were severely beaten to the point of being hospitalized before being returned to their interrogators. A Supreme Court ruling in 1999 forbids torture, but Israeli and Palestinian rights groups say interrogators routinely exploit a loophole intended for rare, ticking time-bomb scenarios, and act with impunity. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israel accused of torturing Palestinians after fatal bombing

Feb. 10, 2020 8:42 AM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — One of the men was hospitalized with kidney failure and 11 broken ribs. Another was nearly unrecognizable to his wife when he was wheeled into a courtroom. A third was stitched up after being attacked by a security dog. Then the three Palestinians were returned to their Israeli...