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Palestinian olive farmers attacked by big group of settlers

Oct. 15, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A group of Palestinian farmers harvesting their olive trees in the occupied West Bank were attacked Friday by around 30 settlers, leaving four people with minor injuries, Palestinian officials said. The attack, which comes amid an uptick in...

Israel quietly advances settlements with little US pushback

Oct. 15, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is quietly advancing controversial settlement projects in and around Jerusalem without making major announcements that could anger the Biden administration. Critics say the latest moves, while incremental, pave the way for rapid growth once the political climate...

Israeli army says troops kill Palestinian firebomb suspect

Oct. 14, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Thursday said that troops shot and killed a Palestinian who was throwing firebombs at cars on a main highway in the occupied West Bank. A military statement said that soldiers opened fire at two suspects spotted throwing...

US, Israel say they are exploring a 'Plan B' for Iran

Oct. 13, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel said Wednesday they are exploring a “Plan B” for dealing with Iran if the Islamic Republic does not return in good faith to negotiations to salvage the languishing landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Secretary of State Antony...

Palestinians: 250 prisoners held by Israel on hunger strike

Oct. 13, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — At least 250 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel have begun a hunger strike to protest their relocation to isolated cells, officials said Wednesday. The hunger strike, led by the militant Islamic Jihad group, comes amid heightened tensions in...

Sally Rooney holds off on Hebrew translation of new novel

Oct. 12, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Author Sally Rooney is holding off on allowing her current book to be translated into Hebrew, citing Israel's “system of racial domination and segregation against Palestinians.” In a statement issued Tuesday through her literary representatives, the...

Merkel: Israel can't 'lose sight' of deal with Palestinians

Oct. 11, 2021 04:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday implored Israel not to "lose sight” of the need to establish a Palestinian state, as she wrapped up a two-day farewell visit. Merkel's support for a two-state solution has been one of the key disagreements...

Merkel and Israel's Bennett differ on Iran, Palestinians

Oct. 10, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Germany's lame-duck chancellor, Angela Merkel, received a warm welcome Sunday as she paid a final official visit to Israel, but differences quickly emerged between the close allies on the key issues of Iran's nuclear program and the establishment of a Palestinian state. ...

German Chancellor Merkel arrives in Israel for final visit

Oct. 09, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel late Saturday for a final visit before she leaves office. German’s ambassador to Israel, Susanne Wasum-Rainer, tweeted that the visit aims to “strengthen our unique”...

Israel, Palestinian militants use bodies as bargaining chips

Oct. 08, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

ABU DIS, West Bank (AP) — More than a year after his son was killed by Israeli forces under disputed circumstances in the occupied West Bank, Mustafa Erekat is still seeking his remains. It is one of dozens of cases in which Israel is holding the remains of Palestinians...