Latest West Bank News

US opposes new EU label rule for Israeli settlement products

Nov. 13, 2019 10:23 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it’s “deeply concerned” by a new EU requirement for businesses to label products from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The statement came in response to Tuesday’s ruling by the EU Court of Justice that settlement...

Video raises questions about Israeli shooting of Palestinian

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An amateur video taken in the West Bank indicated a Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces Monday was shot at close range, apparently while he was unarmed and posed no threat to soldiers. The army said it was investigating. It was the second video to emerge in the past week...

Palestinian shot in back says Israelis abused him for hours

Nov. 11, 2019 10:50 AM EST

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — A young Palestinian man who was shot in the back by Israeli forces in an incident caught on video last year says the footage shows just a small part of what was a horrifying day for him. Speaking to The Associated Press after the video emerged last week, Karam Qawasmi said he was...

Jordan retakes lands leased by Israel in 1994 peace accord

Nov. 10, 2019 12:14 PM EST

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan's king announced Sunday that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their landmark peace deal. King Abdullah II had said last year...

Israel frees 2 Jordanians held without charge

Nov. 6, 2019 7:35 AM EST

KING HUSSEIN BRIDGE, Jordan (AP) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday released two Jordanian citizens who'd been detained for two months and returned them to Jordan, easing a standoff that has soured relations between the countries just as they marked a chilly 25th anniversary of their historic peace deal....

Israeli high court greenlights rights activist's expulsion

Nov. 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the expulsion of the local director of Human Rights Watch, rejecting an appeal against a lower court's decision and sparking fierce criticism by rights groups that the ruling would harm freedom of expression and their work in the...

Palestinian photographer finds 2nd calling as wire sculptor

Nov. 5, 2019 11:01 AM EST

BILIN, West Bank (AP) — After 14 years as a photographer in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, one Palestinian man has found his second calling through sculpture, telling stories by recycling metal wire into art. He says that while the effect of a news photo can be fleeting, a work of art remains over time....

EU condemns new burst of Israeli settlement approvals

Nov. 4, 2019 9:12 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The European Union on Monday criticized Israel's approval of plans to build over 2,000 new homes in West Bank settlements. In a statement, the EU reiterated its longstanding position that all settlement activity on occupied land is illegal. "It erodes the viability of the two-state...

Israel rearrests female Palestinian activist in West Bank

Oct. 31, 2019 3:39 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The family of a former Palestinian lawmaker says Israeli authorities have rearrested her just months after she was released from detention. Ghassan Jarrar, the husband of 57-year-old Khalida Jarrar, says Israeli forces arrested her from her home in the West Bank city of Ramallah...

Palestinian woman shot trying to stab Israeli troops

Oct. 30, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say officers shot a Palestinian woman who attempted to stab troops outside a contested holy site in the West Bank city of Hebron. The police said in a statement on Wednesday that the woman "drew a knife with the aim of carrying out a stabbing attack" on Israeli forces...