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Settlement monitor: Israel OKs some 3,000 new settler homes

Oct. 27, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A settlement monitor said Wednesday that an Israeli committee approved about 3,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a day after the Biden administration issued its strongest condemnation yet of the proposed construction. Word of the approval...

Israeli settlement plans anger some in governing coalition

Oct. 25, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's plans to advance the construction of thousands of new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank have angered the Palestinians and drew criticism Monday from a left-wing member of the country's fragile coalition government. Israel on Sunday...

Israel set to OK 3,000 West Bank settler homes this week

Oct. 24, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel is expected to move forward with thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank this week, a settlement watchdog group said Sunday. The plan for some 3,000 new settler units in the West Bank has already drawn calls for...

Friday's Scores

Oct. 23, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= ALAH 49, Villa Grove-Heritage Coop 22 Aledo (Mercer County) 36, Annawan/Wethersfield (FB Coop) 18 Algonquin (Jacobs) 47, Dundee-Crown 14 Amboy 46, Alden-Hebron 8 ...

Palestinian prisoner's health declines amid hunger strike

Oct. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian held without charge by Israeli authorities is in “extremely dangerous” condition more than three months into a hunger strike to protest his detention, a group representing detainees said Thursday. Miqdad al-Qawasmi, 24, is...

Israeli minister sees opportunity at UN climate conference

Oct. 21, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new environmental protection minister has set some ambitious goals: She believes she can use her office to play an important role in the global battle against climate change while also promoting peace in the volatile Middle East. Tamar...

Israel gives legal status to 4K in gesture to Palestinians

Oct. 19, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday it would grant legal residency to 4,000 Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a gesture to the Palestinian Authority that will allow people who have lived under severe restrictions for years to get official IDs. ...

Israeli officer punished for violence against protesters

Oct. 17, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it has reprimanded an officer who was found to have used excessive force against protesters in the occupied West Bank, including pushing a 65-year-old Israeli peace activist to the ground. The army said the officer, a...

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...