Palestinian Hamlet Embodies Fight for the West Bank’s Future

Israel suspended a decision to annex a section of the territory last year, but its military still exerts tight control over Palestinians in the area.

#cheese, #defense-and-military-forces, #demolition, #israel, #middle-east, #palestinians, #sheep, #west-bank

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #czech-republic, #gaza-strip, #guatemala, #honduras, #hungary, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

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The New Alliance Shaping the Middle East Is Against a Tiny Bug

Israeli sensors on the Persian Gulf, across the water from Iran, are part of an epic battle in the Middle East. Just not the one we’re used to.

#abu-dhabi-united-arab-emirates, #agriculture-and-farming, #beetles, #dates-fruit, #defense-and-military-forces, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #fez-morocco, #international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #peace-process, #pesticides, #politics-and-government, #sensors, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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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.

#abbas-mahmoud, #bensouda-fatou, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-criminal-court, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #state-department, #west-bank

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Israel’s Vaccine Success Unleashes a Debate on Palestinian Inequities

Its progress in vaccinating Israeli citizens against Covid-19 has laid bare a fiery debate over its duties in ensuring the health of Palestinians in occupied territory. Most have yet to get a first dose.

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

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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.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-process, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #west-bank

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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

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Israel Can’t Reach Herd Immunity Without Vaccinating Palestinians

The country can’t reach herd immunity without vaccinating Palestinians.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

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Strong Views and ‘Close to the Boss’: How U.S. Envoy Reshaped a Conflict

David Friedman, President Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer-turned-ambassador, leaves his post having radically overhauled policy toward Israel and the Palestinians.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #friedman-david-m-1958, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #peace-process, #pompeo-mike, #tillerson-rex-w, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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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.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #edelstein-yuli-1958, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #israel, #moderna-inc, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #segal-eran, #shutdowns-institutional, #west-bank, #world-health-organization

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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

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Pompeo Calls B.D.S. Movement Anti-Semitic

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also expected to make precedent-setting visits to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and to the Golan Heights.

#anti-semitism, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #boycotts, #golan-heights, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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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.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #law-and-legislation, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #ramallah-west-bank, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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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

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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

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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.

#abbas-mahmoud, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #gaza-strip, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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U.A.E. and Israel Agree to Visa Waivers and Direct Flights

In the first official U.A.E. visit to Israel since the countries normalized relations, they agreed to ease travel and upgrade West Bank checkpoints. Palestinians called it tacit assent to Israeli occupation.

#israel, #mnuchin-steven-t, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #pipelines, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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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

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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

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Israel and U.A.E. Announce Major Diplomatic Agreement

President Trump announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates will establish “full normalization of relations” and that in exchange Israel will forgo for now “declaring sovereignty” over disputed West Bank territory.

#israel, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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Israel Quietly Opens Its Borders, and Palestinians Have a Beach Day

Tens of thousands of Palestinians slipped through holes in Israel’s security barrier, with Israel’s tacit approval, for a rare day on a Mediterranean beach.

#beaches, #border-barriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #israel, #mediterranean-sea, #nablus-west-bank, #netanya-israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #travel-and-vacations, #west-bank

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The Siren Song of ‘One State’

A hopeless plan could dash hopes for a peaceful resolution between Israelis and Palestinians.

#gaza-strip, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #west-bank, #zionism

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The Less Impossible Israeli-Palestinian Peace

The two-state idea is comatose but not dead.

#east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinian-authority, #palestinian-national-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

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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

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For Israel and Palestine, Equality in a One-State Solution

For decades I argued for separation between Israelis and Palestinians. Now, I can imagine a Jewish home that is not a Jewish state.

#israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinians, #west-bank, #zionism

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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.

#apartheid-policy, #bedouins, #border-barriers, #defense-and-military-forces, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #peace-now, #west-bank

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Mixed Signals on Israeli Annexation Reflect Split Among Officials

U.S. and Israeli officials are divided on whether annexation is a means to get Palestinians to the table, or whether the peace plan is a means to get annexation.

#dermer-ron, #evangelical-movement, #friedman-david-m, #gantz-benny, #halevi-yossi-klein, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #jeffress-robert, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank

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As Annexation Looms, Israeli Experts Warn of Security Risks

Unilaterally taking territory the Palestinians have counted on for a state could cement Benjamin Netanyahu’s legacy. It could also destabilize the region.

#abdullah-ii-king-of-jordan, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #israel, #jordan, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

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Arab Envoy Warns Israelis That Annexation Threatens Warming Ties

In a watershed op-ed article, an influential Arab diplomat wrote, in Hebrew, that normalization with Israel would not survive a unilateral land grab at the Palestinians’ expense.

#international-relations, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #netanyahu-benjamin, #otaiba-yousef-al, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #united-arab-emirates, #west-bank

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Israel Court Rejects Law Legalizing Thousands of Settlement Homes

Palestinian landowners will now be able to move ahead with lawsuits to recover privately owned property on which nearly 4,000 Jewish homes had been built in the occupied West Bank.

#bennett-naftali, #blue-and-white-israeli-political-party, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #gantz-benny, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

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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.

#abbas-mahmoud, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #sheikh-hussein-al, #terrorism, #west-bank

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A Would-Be Netanyahu Nemesis Snipes From the Sidelines

A settler himself, Avigdor Liberman taunts Israel’s prime minister for talking endlessly about annexing West Bank territory, giving opponents time to mobilize.

#israel, #israeli-settlements, #lieberman-avigdor, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

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Netanyahu’s Annexation Plans Meet Surprise Opponent: Israeli Settlers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to annex much of the occupied West Bank. But now that he can, there are questions about whether he will.

#friedman-david-m, #gantz-benny, #israeli-settlements, #kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #west-bank

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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.

#abbas-mahmoud, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fatah-al, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

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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.

#abbas-mahmoud, #fatah-al, #gantz-benny, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #west-bank

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In Jerusalem, Ramadan Restrictions Last Seen During the Crusades Return

A pandemic has transformed how Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are experiencing Ramadan.

#al-aqsa-mosque-jerusalem, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gaza-strip, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #quarantines, #ramadan, #temple-mount-jerusalem, #west-bank

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Israeli Soldier Killed in West Bank as Tensions Rise Over Annexation Push

The killing, Israel’s first combat fatality of the year, came amid Palestinian warnings of violent resistance.

#ariel-west-bank, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #terrorism, #west-bank

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Israel Cracks Down on Banks Over Payments to Palestinian Inmates

An Israeli military order forbids banks in the occupied West Bank from processing payments that the Palestinian Authority distributes to the families of Palestinians who have spent time in Israeli jails.

#defense-and-military-forces, #ex-convicts, #israel, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #west-bank

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Annexing the West Bank Would Hurt Israel

A conservative American commentator on Middle Eastern affairs gives six reasons to believe that taking over Palestinian territory would harm both U.S.-Israel relations and Israel’s status as the Jewish state.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #gaza-strip, #haaretz, #iran, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jordan, #middle-east, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #persian-gulf, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-bank, #zionism

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Israelis and Palestinians Remember the Slain, Home Alone or Online En Masse

With Israel’s cemeteries closed, Memorial Day mourning had to adapt to the coronavirus lockdown. An alternative ceremony bringing together Israelis and Palestinians attracted 170,000 people online.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #palestinians, #ramallah-west-bank, #rivlin-reuven, #tel-aviv-israel, #west-bank

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