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Palestinians: 12-year-old boy killed by Israeli gunfire

Jul. 28, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli troops on Wednesday shot and killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy as he was traveling in a car with his father in the southern West Bank, Palestinian officials said. The shooting took place in Beit Ummar, a town near the city of Hebron. ...

Palestinians fire official who criticized activist's death

Jul. 27, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Mahmoud Abbas has fired the director of the Palestinian national library after he criticized the government over the death of an activist in the custody of Palestinian security forces. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday,...

Family: Palestinian Authority covering up critic's death

Jul. 17, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The family of a political activist who died in the custody of Palestinian security forces last month on Saturday accused the Palestinian Authority of trying to cover up his death. Relatives of Nazir Banat said they still have not received a...

Israel blocks law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

Jul. 06, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament early on Tuesday failed to renew a law that bars Arab citizens from extending citizenship or residency rights to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza, in a tight vote that raised doubts about the viability of the country’s new coalition...

Israel looks to renew law that keeps out Palestinian spouses

Jul. 05, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament was set to vote Monday on whether to renew a temporary law first enacted in 2003 that bars Arab citizens of Israel from extending citizenship or even residency to spouses from the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Critics, including many...

Israel arrests Palestinian rights lawyer who protested Abbas

Jul. 04, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian human rights lawyer was detained by Israeli forces early Sunday after taking part in a protest in the occupied West Bank against Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his rights group said. The Independent Commission for Human Rights said...

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrate against Abbas

Jul. 03, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on Saturday to demonstrate against President Mahmoud Abbas, hoping to inject new momentum into a protest movement sparked by the death of an outspoken critic in the custody of security...

Palestinians: Israeli forces kill man in West Bank clashes

Jul. 03, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry says Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man Saturday evening during clashes in the occupied West Bank. Also Saturday evening, Israeli aircraft struck several militant sites in the Gaza Strip in response to...

UN official urges Palestinian security to allow protests

Jul. 01, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Thursday urged the Palestinian Authority to ensure the safety of protesters after security forces and supporters of President Mahmoud Abbas attacked demonstrators over the weekend. The protests erupted after an outspoken...

Hezbollah leader, Hamas chief talk recent Gaza war in Beirut

Jun. 29, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The top leaders of the militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas held talks in Beirut on Tuesday about last month’s 11-day war with Israel in the Gaza Strip. Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian Hamas, arrived in Lebanon on Sunday and met several top...