Latest West Bank News

Israel plans to build 3,300 new settlement homes. It says it's a response to a Palestinian attack

Feb. 23, 2024 17:39 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel plans to build more than 3,300 new homes in settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in response to a fatal Palestinian shooting attack, a senior Cabinet minister said. The decision drew an angry response from the U.S. at a time of growing tensions over the course of...

Online fundraisers for violent West Bank settlers raised thousands, despite international sanctions

Feb. 23, 2024 06:30 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — When the Biden administration imposed sanctions this month against Israeli settler Yinon Levi for allegedly assaulting Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank, his supporters quickly sprang into action. Within days, an online fundraiser collected over...

Live updates | Israeli strikes kill over 70 in Gaza, and West Bank shooters kill an Israeli

Feb. 22, 2024 23:31 PM EST

Israeli strikes have killed at least 71 people in southern and central Gaza in about 24 hours, the territory's health officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, tensions are rising in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where three gunmen opened fire Thursday morning on a road near a...

Norway will transfer funds to the Palestinian Authority after a monthslong standoff with Israel

Feb. 19, 2024 07:18 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway says it will transfer tax funds to the Palestinian Authority that have been frozen for months because of a dispute with Israel. Under interim peace agreements dating back to the early 1990s, Israel collects taxes and customs on behalf of the PA,...

US investigators visit homes of two Palestinian-American teens killed in the West Bank

Feb. 15, 2024 16:24 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The families of two Palestinian-American teenagers killed in separate but eerily similar incidents in the West Bank say investigators from the American Embassy have visited their homes to look into the shootings. Launching American probes into the killings of...

Family of Palestinian-American detained by Israel seeks her release. 'I want my mother back'

Feb. 13, 2024 13:14 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The family of a Palestinian-American woman arrested by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank says they still haven’t had contact with her, more than a week after she was seized from her home in an overnight raid. Relatives of Samaher Esmail say they are...

UK sanctions 4 Israeli settlers accused of human rights abuses in West Bank

Feb. 12, 2024 15:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government said Monday it is imposing sanctions on four Israeli settlers accused of committing human rights abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank. The Foreign Office said the sanctions were in response to “unprecedented levels" of violence by...

The economy of this Palestinian village depended on Israel. Then the checkpoint closed

Feb. 11, 2024 19:20 PM EST

NILIN, West Bank (AP) — Count the rings of the gnarled olive trees dotting Mohammed Mousa’s land in the West Bank village of Nilin: They've been here centuries, far before the Palestinian family's livelihood came to depend on the whims of Israeli occupation. When Israel...

Israel's West Bank settler population grew nearly 3%. Supporters say Gaza war could give new push

Feb. 11, 2024 15:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The population of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew nearly 3% in 2023, according to a new report based on population statistics from the Israeli government. The report, released Sunday by the pro-settler group WestBankJewishPopulationStats.com, found...

Israel arrests Palestinian-American woman in the West Bank. Her relatives don't know where she is

Feb. 06, 2024 20:43 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces have arrested a 46-year-old Palestinian-American woman after breaking into her home and pulling her from her bed in the occupied West Bank, her family said Tuesday, saying they had no idea where she was nearly two days after she was detained. ...