Latest West Bank News

Israel disperse anti-demolition protesters in West Bank

Jul. 20, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces have dispersed several dozen Palestinians protesting the planned demolitions of homes in an east Jerusalem village. About 50 Palestinians gathered Saturday at Sur Baher, which straddles Israel's West Bank separation barrier, in solidarity with owners of homes close to the...

Netanyahu makes history as Israel's longest-serving leader

Jul. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving prime minister, he is solidifying his place as the country's greatest political survivor and the most dominant force in Israeli politics in his generation. He has persevered through scandals, crises and conflicts, winning election...

Palestinians denounce Trump tweets against local hero

Jul. 15, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians on Monday denounced President Donald Trump's attack on U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, accusing him of racism and saying it once again proves his bias against the Palestinian people. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was one of four...

Gaza's traditional crafts industries rapidly disappearing

Jul. 10, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — When Gazans think of better economic times, images of clay pottery, colorful glassware, bamboo furniture and ancient frame looms weaving bright rugs and mats all come to mind. For decades, these traditional crafts defined the economy of the coastal Palestinian enclave,...

Israeli court blames Palestinian Authority for past attacks

Jul. 8, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization responsible for deadly attacks against Israelis and Jews during the second Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s. The Jerusalem court stated that the Palestinian institutions and individual...

US duty free magnates fund controversial Israeli settlements

Jul. 1, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — When travelers shop at dozens of duty free stores at airports worldwide, they may be paying for more than a bottle of vodka or a box of chocolates. The Falic family of Florida, owners of the ubiquitous chain of Duty Free Americas shops, funds a generous and sometimes controversial...

US duty free owners give millions to Israeli settlements

Jul. 1, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When travelers shop at dozens of duty free shops at airports worldwide, they may be paying for more than a bottle of vodka or box of chocolates. The Falic family of Florida, owners of the ubiquitous chain of Duty Free Americas shops, funds a generous and sometimes controversial...

Palestinians release businessman who attended US conference

Jun. 30, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian security official on Sunday confirmed the release of a Palestinian man who was arrested after participating in the White House-led Mideast peace conference in Bahrain last week. The Palestinian Authority arrested Saleh Abu Mayala on Saturday in the city of Hebron for...

Palestinian forces arrest participant in US Mideast workshop

Jun. 29, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian Authority on Saturday arrested one of the few Palestinian participants in the White House-led Mideast peace conference after he returned to the West Bank. A Palestinian security official said intelligence forces detained businessman Saleh Abu Mayala in the city of Hebron...

The Latest: Bahrain FM gives interview to Israeli TV channel

Jun. 26, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The Latest on developments surrounding a U.S.-hosted conference in Bahrain about Washington's economic plan for the Palestinians (all times local): 9 p.m. Bahrain's foreign minister has given an unprecedented interview to an Israeli television channel, calling for open communication...