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Israel outlaws Palestinian rights groups, alleging terrorism

Oct. 22, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Friday effectively outlawed six prominent Palestinian human rights groups by declaring them terrorist organizations, a major escalation of its decades-long crackdown on political activism in the occupied territories. The declaration appeared...

Militant group ends hunger strike in Israeli prisons

Oct. 22, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian militant group called off a hunger strike among dozens of prisoners held by Israel after nine days on Friday, saying its demands had been met. An Israeli official denied the claim. The Islamic Jihad group said Israeli...

Palestinian prisoner's health declines amid hunger strike

Oct. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian held without charge by Israeli authorities is in “extremely dangerous” condition more than three months into a hunger strike to protest his detention, a group representing detainees said Thursday. Miqdad al-Qawasmi, 24, is...

Israeli minister sees opportunity at UN climate conference

Oct. 21, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s new environmental protection minister has set some ambitious goals: She believes she can use her office to play an important role in the global battle against climate change while also promoting peace in the volatile Middle East. Tamar...

Israel announces 3,000 new work permits for Gazans

Oct. 20, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel will increase the number of Palestinian workers it permits to enter its territory from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli defense body announced Wednesday, a gesture seemingly meant to bolster a fragile calm between the sides. Gaza’s more than 2...

Palestinians clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem

Oct. 19, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at a popular gathering place just outside Jerusalem's Old City as thousands celebrated a Muslim holiday, a repeat of violence earlier this year that eventually led to the 11-day Gaza war in May. Israeli police...

Israel gives legal status to 4K in gesture to Palestinians

Oct. 19, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday it would grant legal residency to 4,000 Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a gesture to the Palestinian Authority that will allow people who have lived under severe restrictions for years to get official IDs. ...

Swedish FM visits Israel to mend ties after diplomatic rift

Oct. 18, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister visited Israel on Monday in an effort to mend ties after years in which the two countries have been at odds over the conflict with the Palestinians. Sweden's Social Democratic-led government recognized Palestinian statehood in...

Israeli officer punished for violence against protesters

Oct. 17, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military on Sunday said it has reprimanded an officer who was found to have used excessive force against protesters in the occupied West Bank, including pushing a 65-year-old Israeli peace activist to the ground. The army said the officer, a...

Palestinian olive farmers attacked by big group of settlers

Oct. 15, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A group of Palestinian farmers harvesting their olive trees in the occupied West Bank were attacked Friday by around 30 settlers, leaving four people with minor injuries, Palestinian officials said. The attack, which comes amid an uptick in...