Palestinians Finally Have Vaccines. But Will People Take Them?

For months, the Palestinian authorities struggled to get doses. Now they have the shots, but disinformation and conspiracy theories have led to widespread hesitancy.

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The World’s Last Samaritans, Straddling the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

Up a mountain in the West Bank, several hundred villagers practice an ancient Israelite religion while maintaining an ambiguous national identity.

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Activist Dies in Palestinian Authority’s Custody, Inciting Widespread Outrage

Nizar Banat’s death comes amid a crackdown on the authorities’ opponents.

#abbas-mahmoud, #banat-nizar-d-2021, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

Israel Strikes Gaza Again, After Militants Set Fires in Israel

The exchanges on Thursday and into Friday stopped short of a full-scale escalation, but they underscored the fragile nature of the cease-fire that ended last month’s war.

#defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

There Is a Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A two-state solution remains our only viable option. 

#gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process

Blinken Meets Leaders of Egypt and Jordan on Rebuilding Gaza

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan to discuss rebuilding war-ravaged Gaza, largely avoiding talk of a long-term Israeli-Palestinian agreement.

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On Israel-Palestine, Biden Must Revive a Two-State Solution

President Biden must re-energize the possibility of a two-state solution.

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In Israel, Blinken Pushes U.S. Support for Rebuilding Gaza

Standing beside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowed “a very powerful response” if Hamas were to break a fragile cease-fire.

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Blinken Hopes to Solidify Hamas and Israel’s Cease-Fire

The secretary of state will also use his trip to the region this week to work on humanitarian aid for Gaza but has no plans to pursue full-fledged peace talks.

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Conflict Strengthens Netanyahu, but the Price is High

The battle with Hamas may benefit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel politically in the short term, but it leaves his underlying problems unresolved.

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Bernie Sanders: The Approach the Israel-Palestine Conflict Needs

America has a role to play in bringing peace to both Israelis and Palestinians.

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Should U.S. Condition Aid to Israel on Reducing Conflict?

American taxpayers don’t have much influence over Hamas, but they do have influence over Israel. 

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Violence in Israel Challenges Biden’s ‘Stand Back’ Approach

The president came to office seeing little opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He may now be forced to get more involved.

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Israelis, Palestinians and Their Neighbors Worry: Is This the Big One?

The clashes could quickly blow over, or the unrest could blow up into another Intifada.

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Palestinian Vote Delayed, Prolonging Split for West Bank and Gaza

President Mahmoud Abbas said elections could not take place unless Israel allowed voting in East Jerusalem. But privately, he also fears a poor result for his party, officials said.

#abbas-mahmoud, #east-jerusalem, #elections, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

Rights Group Hits Israel With Explosive Charge: Apartheid

Human Rights Watch is the latest watchdog to accuse Israel of perpetuating a version of the racist legal system that once governed South Africa. Israel says the charge is baseless.

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Reversing Trump, Biden Restores Aid to Palestinians

The move will once again make the United States a leading donor to the United Nations agency that assists about 5.7 million Palestinians in the Middle East.

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Palestinians and Israelis Both Vote Soon. The Differences Are Stark.

Many Israelis feel numbed by their endless election cycle. Many Palestinians are excited about a rare chance to vote — but others expect little change without statehood.

#abbas-mahmoud, #al-azhar-university, #elections, #fatah-al, #fayyad-salam, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #livni-tzipi, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #ramallah-west-bank

A Rundown School for Palestinian Children Awaits U.S. Aid

Residents worry that the Biden administration won’t restore critical funding for the renovation of the West Bank school.

#education-k-12, #foreign-aid, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations-development-program, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #west-bank

She Was a Star of New Palestinian Music. Then She Played Beside the Mosque.

Sama’ Abdulhadi helped build the Palestinian electronic music scene. Now she is at the center of a debate about Palestinian cultural identity.

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As Palestinians Clamor for Vaccine, Their Leaders Divert Doses to Favored Few

Amid a debate about Israel’s duty to supply vaccines to Palestinians living under occupation, Palestinian leaders are facing criticism for siphoning off some of the few vaccines already delivered to the occupied West Bank.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

Palestinians Go Into New Lockdown While Awaiting Vaccines

Covid cases are surging again in the West Bank amid a dispute over Israel’s obligations toward the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

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Israel Gives Vaccine to Far-Off Allies, as Palestinians Wait

The donations will go to nations like the Czech Republic and Honduras that pledged to move diplomats to Jerusalem. Critics say Israel has an obligation to inoculate Palestinians under its occupation.

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I.C.C. Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Examine Possible Israel War Crimes

The International Criminal Court on Friday said it has the authority to investigate alleged crimes in the occupied territories, in a ruling condemned by Israel and praised by Palestinians.

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Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.

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Abbas Announces Palestinian Elections After Years of Paralysis

The decree by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was viewed by analysts as a bid to lift his standing with the Biden administration. Skeptics expressed doubt the vote would happen.

#abbas-mahmoud, #elections, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

After Quick Vaccine Success, Israel Faces New Virus Woes

Israel imposed a tighter lockdown as coronavirus infections soared, the variant spread, vaccines were running out and a debate erupted over the country’s responsibility to the Palestinians.

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A Covid Christmas Comes to Bethlehem

Every Christmas, the quiet West Bank town of Bethlehem becomes a bustling hub for pilgrims, tourists and dignitaries. Not this year.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jesus-christ, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #west-bank

For Netanyahu and Israel, Trump’s Gifts Kept on Coming

Allowing the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard the ability to emigrate to Israel was just the latest in a long list of prizes for America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

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Seeking Restart With Biden, Palestinians Eye End to Prisoner Payments

The Palestinian Authority pays stipends to prisoners held by Israel in a system critics call “pay to slay.” The worse the crime, the higher the payment.

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Israel and Palestinians Resume Security Agreement

The Palestinian Authority had ended security cooperation to protest Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the West Bank. Those plans are now on hold.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-relations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #west-bank

Saeb Erekat, Longtime Palestinian Chief Negotiator, Dies at 65

A passionate champion of Palestinian statehood, his goal seemed to become less attainable with time.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #erekat-saeb, #international-relations, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

Biden’s Win Means a Demotion for Netanyahu and Less Focus on Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu has made his closeness to President Trump, who gave him much of what he wanted, central to his political appeal. Things will be different in a Biden administration.

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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

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Gaza Peace Activists Face Prison for Holding Video Call With Israelis

The Palestinian activists were charged after organizing a virtual discussion as a part of a bridge-building initiative focused on peace and empowering young people.

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Palestinians Rejected Tax Money to Slap Israel. It’s Not Israel That’s Hurting.

Palestinian families are suffering intensely as their government’s tax protest continues, even though the cause — Israel’s push to annex the West Bank — has been suspended.

#abbas-mahmoud, #fatah-al, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

The U.A.E.-Israel Flight Is Nothing to Celebrate

It’s a slap in the face of Palestinians, who can no longer count on Arab states for political support.

#abbas-mahmoud, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #west-bank

For Palestinians, Israel-U.A.E. Deal Swaps One Nightmare for Another

With annexation of the West Bank off the table and Arab diplomacy turned inside out, the Palestinian struggle, once focused against Israel, now is to remain relevant.

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The Less Impossible Israeli-Palestinian Peace

The two-state idea is comatose but not dead.

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For Palestinian Police, Much to Lose if Israel Annexes West Bank Land

Palestinian security officers, scorned for working with Israel, say they are on the front lines of building a state. But what if the state-building project fizzles?

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #israel, #nablus-west-bank, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #police, #west-bank

Palestinians in Jordan Valley Fear Annexation Would Choke Off Their Villages

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to annex territory along the Jordan border. Palestinian residents wonder where that leaves them.

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The Palestinian Plan to Stop Annexation: Remind Israel What Occupation Means

Officials in the West Bank say they are willing to let the Palestinian Authority collapse if Israel applies its sovereignty over occupied territory.

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Annexing the West Bank Is a Brazen Violation of International Law

It would also render the territory into a patchwork of simmering, unstable Palestinian areas, forever threatening a new intifada.

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Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day’ Scenario

The Palestinian leader has promoted security cooperation with Israel in his quest for a Palestinian state. That strategy may have hit a dead end.

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Abbas Declares Palestinians’ West Bank Security Commitments Null and Void

The Palestinian leader has made such assertions before, but this may not be a mere threat. The agreements have protected Israelis and preserved the Palestinian Authority’s political hold over the West Bank.

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