Palestinian Territories

Palestinians, UN slam Israel's new settlement plan

Palestinians, Israeli activists and the UN lambasted the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, a day after it gave the go-ahead for the first new West Bank settlement in a quarter of a century.

Palestinian killed by Israeli tank fire near Gaza security fence

A Palestinian was killed near the security fence in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the Israeli army fired at three people, a spokesman for the enclave's Health Ministry said.

Trump invites Abbas to Washington for talks, Palestinians say

US President Donald Trump on Friday called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and invited him to visit Washington in the near future, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Israeli police nearly finished evicting West Bank settlement

Israeli police were nearly finished evicting an Israeli settlement in the West Bank slated for demolition on Tuesday as they pulled dozens of protesters from the last of nine houses.

Israeli military confirms strikes on several Hamas outposts in Gaza

The Israeli military confirmed on Monday that it had sent fighter jets to strike several posts belonging to the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip in response to an earlier rocket attack.

Hamas rejects Netanyahu's proposal for international forces in Gaza

The Islamic Hamas movement rejected on Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to send international forces to the Gaza Strip, the coastal enclave that Hamas has been ruling since 2007.

UN, HRW workers in crosshairs as Israel cites bias, Hamas membership

The United Nations on Friday rejected Israeli claims that one of its aid workers in the Palestinian Territories is a "terrorist" who belongs to the radical Islamist Hamas movement.

Europeans affirm support for "two-state solution" in Middle East

The German government and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini affirmed their support for the "two-state solution" to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians on Wednesday.

Two-state solution in question as Trump and Netanyahu meet

Washington/Tel Aviv (dpa) - The so-called "two-state solution" to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians came newly into question Wednesday, hours ahead of a meeting between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new US President Donald Trump at the White House.

Germany cancels meeting with Israel after new settlement law passed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled a meeting with the Israeli government, a government spokesman said in Berlin on Monday.

Hamas elects former prisoner as chief of movement in the Gaza Strip

The Islamic Hamas movement has chosen Yehya al-Sinwar as its new chief in the Gaza Strip, the group's Al-Risala news site reported on Monday.

Trump's unpredictable moves over Middle East hardly faze Palestinians

The general mood in the streets of Ramallah seems more disillusioned than disruptive, despite uncertainty on what US President Donald Trump will mean for the next four years in the Middle East

Israeli PM: Palestinians shouldn't always be handed 'free' UN roles

Palestinians cannot constantly be given "free gifts" when it comes to United Nations roles, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, two days after the US rejected former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad's appointment as an envoy.

PLO: US rejecting Fayyad's UN appointment is 'discrimination'

The United States' rejection of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to the role of United Nations' envoy to Libya is "a case of blatant discrimination against him on the basis of his nationality," a Palestinian official said Saturday.

Medics: Israeli war jets strike on Gaza-Egypt border area, two killed

Two Palestinians were killed and five were wounded Thursday in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike on the border between the southern Gaza Strip and Egypt, medical sources and witnesses said. The casualties occurred when Israeli war jets struck an underground smuggling tunnel with air-to-ground missiles, the Health Ministry in Gaza said in an emailed press statement.

Lawyers file Supreme Court petition against Israeli settlement law

Lawyers representing Palestinian local councils in the West Bank filed a Supreme Court petition against Israel's new settlement legalization law on Wednesday, a legal rights group said.

Israeli settlement legalization law unlikely to stand, says expert

A recently passed law that legalizes settlements in the West Bank discriminates against Palestinians and will not stand before the Supreme Court, an Israeli legal expert said Tuesday.

Israeli parliament passes law retroactively legalizing settlements

Israel's parliament on Monday voted in favour of a law that would retroactively legalize Israeli settlements built on Palestinian-owned land.

Medics: Israeli war jets carry out 19 airstrikes on Gaza; 3 wounded

Israeli war jets carried out around 19 airstrikes on posts and positions belong to the Hamas movement and other minor militant groups in the Gaza Strip, medical and security sources said Monday.Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman, told reporters that at least three civilians were lightly to moderately injured in the airstrikes, which began in the morning.

Israeli police wrap up evacuation of unauthorized West Bank outpost

At least 17 officers were hurt Thursday after Israeli police finished removing the last demonstrators from the unauthorized West Bank settlement of Amona, according to police.

Evacuation of unauthorized West Bank settlement turns violent

Clashes erupted between Israeli security forces and settlers in Amona on Wednesday after authorities began to evacuate the unauthorized West Bank settlement for a planned demolition of its houses, local media reported.

Israel approves construction of more than 3,000 West Bank homes

Israel has approved the construction of more than 3,000 housing units in West Bank settlements, as the country's army prepares to evacuate the unauthorized settlement of Amona, local media reported late Tuesday.

Reports: Residents of Israeli settlement given 48 hours to evacuate

The Israeli army has ordered residents of the illegal West Bank settlement of Amona to evacuate their homes within 48 hours, Israeli media reported on Tuesday.

Bill legalizing settlements won't pass Supreme Court, minister admits

Israel's defence minister has said that "it doesn't take a genius" to know that the Supreme Court will reject a bill retroactively legalizing thousands of Israeli settlements.

Latest Palestinian unity government agreement greeted with scepticism

A recent agreement between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on forming a national unity government was met with deep scepticism in the Palestinian Territories on Wednesday.

Abbas meets Pope for Palestinian embassy opening in Vatican

Pope Francis on Saturday received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shortly before the opening of a Palestinian embassy in the Vatican City, the Vatican confirmed.

Palestinians warn Trump against relocating US embassy to Jerusalem

The suggestion that the next US ambassador to Israel might relocate the embassy to Jerusalem roiled the region Friday as Israelis and Palestinians tried to assess the impact of such a specific, but weighty, change in US policy.

Palestinian government postpones local elections by four months

The Palestinian government postponed local elections by four months on Tuesday, a day after a court ruled to allow voting in the West Bank, but not the Gaza Strip, an official statement said.

Palestinian local elections put on hold by high court

Campaigning for upcoming local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip was suspended Thursday by a Palestinian court, according to a Central Elections Commission official in Ramallah.

Israel accuses second charity group worker of using funds for Hamas

A Palestinian humanitarian aid worker has been accused of using his role with the UN Development Programme to help Hamas, the Israel Security Agency said in a press release Tuesday, the second such case in less than a week.

Hamas executes three Palestinians convicted of murder in Gaza

Hamas, the Islamist movement ruling Gaza, on Tuesday executed three Palestinians convicted of murder, drawing criticism from its rival Fatah, rights groups and the EU.

Hamas executes three Palestinians in Gaza Strip

Hamas, the Islamist movement ruling Gaza, executed three Palestinians Tuesday, whom it had earlier convicted of murder. 

Christians celebrate Easter in Holy Land amid tight security

Christians from around the globe celebrated Easter in the Holy Land Sunday, amid tight security especially in Jerusalem's walled Old City, where celebrations were under way in the historic Christian and Armenian Quarters.

Patience for Israel has "run out," Joko tells Islamic leaders

Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian territories, saying international patience "has long run out," at the opening Monday of a summit.