Latest Palestinian territories News

UN expert calls for ban on Israeli products from settlements

Oct. 23, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories called Wednesday for an international ban on all products made in Israeli settlements as a step to potentially end Israel's 52-year "illegal occupation." Michael Lynk told the General Assembly's human rights...

Palestinian court blocks 59 websites critical of government

Oct. 22, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian court has blocked access to 59 websites critical of the Palestinian Authority, a decision that has drawn wide criticism. The court ruling, handed down on Oct. 17 but revealed Monday, says the websites publish materials that "threaten national security and civil...

Israel's Netanyahu gives up on forming new coalition

Oct. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he had failed to form a majority government in parliament, marking a major setback for the embattled Israeli leader that plunges the country into a new period of political uncertainty. In a statement, Netanyahu said he had worked...

Israel: Palestinian wielding knife shot dead in West Bank

Oct. 18, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities say security personnel have shot and killed a knife-wielding Palestinian at a West Bank checkpoint. In a statement Friday, the Defense Ministry said the attacker neglected calls to stop and a security officer fired at him. The incident took place at Te'enim checkpoint...

Former Israeli chief justice Meir Shamgar dies at 94

Oct. 18, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Meir Shamgar, a long-serving former chief justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, has died. He was 94. Israel's highest court announced his passing Friday. Shamgar served as chief justice between 1983 and 1995. As the military's chief legal officer, Shamgar laid the groundwork for the legal...

Jordan calls on Israel to release woman on hunger strike

Oct. 16, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is calling on Israel to release a Jordanian woman detained for over a month without trial on security charges. Heba al-Labadi's attorney said Wednesday that she was arrested Aug. 20 at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied West Bank and has been on...

Gazans call on Saudi Arabia to free imprisoned relatives

Oct. 16, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Several families of Palestinians detainees imprisoned by Saudi Arabia held a rare protest in Gaza Wednesday, calling on the kingdom to free them. The families gathered outside the International Committee of the Red Cross office in Gaza City, holding banners against the...

Palestinians, Saudis play to draw in historic match

Oct. 15, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

AL-RAM, West Bank (AP) — A historic soccer match between the Palestinian and Saudi national teams has ended in a 0-0 draw. Tuesday's World Cup qualifier marked the first time the Saudi side has played in the West Bank. Previously, the teams have played in third countries, with the Saudis wary of being seen...

Saudi soccer team visits West Bank for 1st time

Oct. 13, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Saudi Arabia's national soccer team has arrived in the West Bank for its first match in the Palestinian territories. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed team representatives on Sunday. He says Tuesday's World Cup qualifier illustrates deep bonds between the two peoples....

With little to show, Gazans question mass border protests

Oct. 11, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ahmed Abu Artima was one of the founders of the "Great March of Return," the weekly protests along Gaza's frontier with Israel meant to draw attention to the plight of the territory's 2 million people. But these days, he mostly avoids the demonstrations. He is among a growing...