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EXPLAINER: Jerusalem dispute could derail Palestinian vote

Apr. 19, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A dispute over voting in east Jerusalem is threatening to cancel or delay the first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years. While President Mahmoud Abbas is vowing to hold the vote, Israeli restrictions on Palestinian voters in east Jerusalem could...

Muslims mark 1st Ramadan Friday prayers in Jerusalem

Apr. 16, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers gathered at a sacred Jerusalem plaza for the first Friday prayers of Ramadan after coronavirus lockdowns kept the site off-limits last year. About 70,000 faithful, most of them Arab citizens of Israel, prayed at...

Trump-era spike of Israel settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank — territory the Palestinians seek for a state — with over 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, an AP investigation showed. ...

Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun

Apr. 14, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

EFRAT, West Bank (AP) — An aggressive Israeli settlement spree during the Trump era pushed deeper than ever into the occupied West Bank — territory the Palestinians seek for a state — with over 9,000 homes built and thousands more in the pipeline, an AP investigation showed. ...

Israeli university heads defend free speech in prize dispute

Apr. 09, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Presidents of Israeli universities released a joint letter Friday criticizing the government's decision to withhold the country's most prestigious prize from a scholar over his political views, saying it “severely harms free speech and free thought.” ...

Israel rejects ICC probe, saying it lacks jurisdiction

Apr. 08, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Thursday said it would formally reject the International Criminal Court's decision to launch a probe into potential war crimes against the Palestinians, denying that it has committed such crimes and saying the court lacks the jurisdiction to investigate. ...

Israeli academic won't receive prize after signing petition

Apr. 08, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's top court on Thursday upheld a Cabinet minister's decision to temporarily block a prominent academic from receiving the country's highest honor after he called on the EU to halt funding for an Israeli university located in the occupied West Bank. ...

US resumes funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Apr. 08, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees, nearly all of which had been eliminated under President Donald Trump. The State...

US resumes funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Apr. 07, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees, nearly all of which had been eliminated by former President Donald Trump. The State...

Palestinian leader 'in good health' ahead of election

Apr. 07, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president has received a clean bill of health ahead of the anticipated Palestinian elections next month, his office said Wednesday. The 85-year-old Mahmoud Abbas flew to Germany earlier this week for medical examinations and will return...