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Palestinians say woman killed in Israeli raid in West Bank

Aug. 7, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian woman died Friday after being shot in the chest by an apparent stray bullet during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The ministry blamed Israeli fire for the dawn gunshot that wounded Dalia Samoudi, 23....

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2019 file photo, Seth Rogen speaks at the 33rd American Cinematheque Award in Beverly Hills, Calif. A conversation between two Jewish comedians about Jewish culture and Israel has sparked an uproar by American Jews and an international spat. The fallout from the back and forth between Marc Maron and Seth Rogen highlights the tenuous relationship between Israel, its supporters and its liberal Jewish critics in the diaspora. In his interview on the popular “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast on July 27, 2020, Rogen said amassing Jews in one country to keep them safe “doesn’t make sense.” The comments were interpreted as denying Israel’s right to exist. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Seth Rogen's Israel comments highlight fraught diaspora ties

Aug. 7, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — It began as a lighthearted conversation between two Jewish comedians, riffing on a podcast about the idiosyncrasies of their shared heritage. But after talk turned to Israel, it didn't take long for Marc Maron and Seth Rogen to spark an uproar. Their comments about Israel —...

Fatal quarrel among Palestinians ignites protest in Ramallah

Aug. 5, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Relatives of a top Palestinian official rampaged through Ramallah late Wednesday, firing into the air and at government buildings after a family member was killed in a personal quarrel with a Palestinian security officer, security officials said. Hospital officials confirmed the...

Palestinians: Settler vandals firebomb West Bank mosque

Jul. 27, 2020 4:53 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian Authority said Monday that a group of Israeli settlers has tried to burn down a mosque near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Hussam Abu al-Rub, the Palestinian deputy minister for religious affairs, said settlers attacked the mosque after midnight, spray painting...

FILE - This Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, shows then newly appointed Education Minister Omar Razzaz, following a meeting at the Royal Palace, in Amman, Jordan. Razzaz told the UK's Guardian newspaper in an interview published Tuesday, July 21, 2020, that the kingdom would look “positively” on the creation of a binational state that guarantees equal rights to Israelis and Palestinians if Israel’s proposed annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank closes the door on a two-state solution. (Khalil Mazraawi, Pool via AP, File)

Jordan PM hints at support for one Israeli-Palestinian state

Jul. 21, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jordan's prime minister says the kingdom would look “positively” on the creation of a binational state that guarantees equal rights to Israelis and Palestinians if Israel's proposed annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank closes the door on a two-state solution. The...

FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, file photo, shows a new housing project in the West Bank settlement of Naale. Peter Beinart, an influential American commentator, has shocked the Jewish establishment and Washington policy-making circles by breaking a long-standing taboo: He has endorsed the idea of a democratic entity of Jews and Palestinians living with equal rights between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israel supporter's dramatic shift shocks establishment

Jul. 17, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An influential American commentator has sent shock waves through the Jewish establishment and Washington policy-making circles by breaking a long-standing taboo: He has endorsed the idea of a democratic entity of Jews and Palestinians living with equal rights between the Jordan River and...

France urges Netanyahu not to annex parts of West Bank

Jul. 10, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to annex occupied territory in the West Bank, warning that it would violate international law and threaten long-term peace efforts. The two leaders spoke by phone Thursday, and Macron's office said in a...

Israeli troops kill Palestinian accused of hurling firebombs

Jul. 10, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank who they said was throwing firebombs at a guard post, but who Palestinian officials say was merely strolling through his village. The army said troops fired at two Palestinians who were throwing Molotov...

A Palestinian security unit mans a checkpoint at an entrance of in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, July 2, 2020. The Palestinian Authority has announced a five-day total lockdown in the West Bank starting Friday, in response to a major increase in coronavirus cases and deaths in recent days. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Wedding season brings new virus outbreak in West Bank

Jul. 8, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — By the end of May, the Palestinian Authority appeared to have quashed a coronavirus outbreak in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with only around 400 confirmed cases and just two fatalities in the territory, following a nearly three-month lockdown. Then the wedding invitations...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...