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Bethlehem under lockdown after virus cases confirmed

Mar 06, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The Palestinian Authority also announces a two-week ban on tourists and closes down the Church of the Nativity

CLOSED. People wearing masks visit the Church of the Nativity, revered as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on March 5, 2020. Photo by Musa Al Shaer/AFP

Q&A: What would Israel annexing the Jordan Valley mean?

Sep 12, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge, a week ahead of a closely fought general election, is controversial but what would it actually mean?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley as he gives a statement in Ramat Gan, near the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on September 10, 2019. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a deeply controversial pledge on September 10 to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank if re-elected in September 17 polls. He also reiterated his intention to annex Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank if re-elected, though in coordination with US President Donald Trump, whose long-awaited peace plan is expected to be unveiled sometime after the vote. (Photo by Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

Israel's Netanyahu in controversial Hebron visit

Sep 05, 2019 - 12:03 PM

The Palestinian Authority condemns Netanyahu visit as 'provocative' and politically motivated

UNDER SIEGE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters as he leaves after an event marking the anniversary of the 1929 killing of 67 Jews by Palestinian rioters, in the West Bank town of Hebron, on September 4, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Palestinians to file complaint over Honduras' recognizing Jerusalem

Aug 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras announces that his country would open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem

PROTEST. The Palestinian national flag on the slope of the hill in the city of Rawabi built in the West bank.

Palestinians reject U.S.-Bahrain peace plan as Israel advises 'surrender'

Jun 24, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The Peace to Prosperity economic workshop that begins June 25 is billed as the start of a new approach that will later include political solutions to the long intractable Middle East conflict

PROTEST. Palestinian demonstrators carry caricatures, during a protest against the US-led Peace to Prosperity conference that opens tomorrow in Bahrain, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on June 24, 2019. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

U.S. downgrades Palestinian mission into Israel embassy

Oct 19, 2018 - 7:02 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the consulate general, a separate office which handled dealings with the Palestinians, is replaced by a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem

DOWNGRADE. The sign for the Office of the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission is taken down marking the office's closure in Washington, DC, on October 10, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. cut in aid amounts to 'cheap blackmail,' Palestinians say

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:53 PM

'The rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale,' says a member of PLO's executive committee

TENT PROTEST. Palestinians gather at the site of a tent protest on April 8, 2018, on the Israel-Gaza border east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. File photo by Said Khatib/AFP

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas leaves hospital

May 28, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Abbas walk without assistance and gives a short statement before leaving the hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank

OUT OF HOSPITAL. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas gives a short statement before leaving a hospital near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 28, 2018 following 8 days of treatment for pneumonia.Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

Palestinian government meets in Gaza for first time since 2014

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah renews his pledge to end a decade-long split between the Islamist Hamas movement that controls Gaza and his West Bank-based government

IN GAZA. Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah (C) makes a statement after his arrival at Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on October 2, 2017. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Palestinian PM in Gaza on first visit since 2015

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The event is meant to be the first significant step in a transfer of powers from Islamist movement Hamas to the Palestinian Authority

WELCOMING HAMDALLAH. A car decorated with pictures Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah drives the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip as Palestinians gather to welcome his arrival on October 2, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Hamas agrees to steps toward Palestinian unity

Sep 17, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Palestinian Islamist movement agrees to dissolve a so-called 'administrative committee' and says it is prepared for elections

A Palestinian man and his daughter walk past a graffiti reading in Arabic ''Division'' in Gaza City, on September 17, 2017, after Hamas announced it had agreed to steps toward resolving a decade-long split with the Fatah movement and was ready to hold elections. Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called "administrative committee", while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Gaza Strip in peril as Hamas marks decade in power

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hamas this week marks 10 years since taking power in Gaza with the Palestinian enclave at risk of conflict and facing electricity blackouts poverty and Israel s blockade

IN THE DARK. A Palestinian family eats dinner by candlelight at their makeshift home in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, during a power outage on June 11, 2017. Said Khatib/AFP

Hamas eases stance on Israel with new policy document

May 02, 2017 - 7:51 AM

While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community Hamas officials say it formally softens its stance in a few key areas

NEW POLICY. The exiled Chief of Hamas' Political Bureau Khaled Meshaal (L) speaks during conference in the Qatari capital, Doha on May 1, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Abbas opens Vatican mission, warns over US embassy move

Jan 14, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Abbas reiterates his opposition to the possible transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem as pledged by US President elect Donald Trump

DIPLOMATIC MISSION. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (C, R) looks on after he inaugurated the new Palestinian diplomatic mission to the Holy See with Palestinian Ambassador Issa Kassissieh (L) in Rome on January 14, 2017. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Palestinian teachers suspend 3-week strike

Mar 13, 2016 - 10:20 PM

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas promises the teachers a pay increase management review and implementation of a 2013 deal

epa05189400 Palestinian Presidnet Mahmoud Abbas chairs PLO executive committee in the west bank city of Ramallah, 01 March 2016. EPA/FARDI AROURI / POOL

Palestinian flag flies at UN, Abbas seeks full status

Oct 01, 2015 - 10:13 AM

The symbolic gesture occurs against a backdrop of stalemate in the peace process and escalating tensions at holy sites in Jerusalem

HISTORIC. Mahmud Abbas (right), President of the State of Palestine, watch as the Palestinian flag is raised for the first time at UN Headquarters in New York, 30 September 2015.  Mark Garten/UN Photo

Hamas leader in rare talks with Saudi king

Jul 18, 2015 - 10:50 PM

Hamas a rival of the West Bank based Palestinian Authority is engaged in indirect contacts with Israel over a long term truce in exchange for an easing of the Jewish state s blockade of Gaza

HAMAS. Palestinian fighters of the Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam militia, the military wing of Hamas, pose with weapons during a Hamas rally to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Hamas militant group in Gaza City on, 14 December 2014.  Photo by Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel PM rejects 'dictates' as French FM visits

Jun 22, 2015 - 9:28 AM

Netanyahu hits out at international diplomatic efforts to impose proposals which he says neglected to address vital Israeli security concerns

VISITING JERUSALEM. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) hold a joint press conference at the Israeli Prime minister's office in Jerusalem, June 21, 2015. Thomas Coex/Pool/EPA

Hamas rejects unilateral dissolution of Palestinian gov't

Jun 17, 2015 - 4:01 PM

Hamas: No one told us anything about any decision to change and no one consulted with us about any change in the unity government Fatah acted on its own in all regards

PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP. A handout photograph supplied by the Palestinian Authority shows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) as he leads prayers during meeting of the Central Committee of Fatah in the West Bank town of Ramallah, June 16, 2015. Osama Falah/Handout/EPA

Palestine joins International Criminal Court

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:19 PM

The Palestinians call on Israel to also join the global court which was set up in 2002 to try crimes against humanity war crimes and genocide

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

US jury orders Palestinians to pay over Jerusalem attacks

Feb 24, 2015 - 8:37 AM

Israel welcomes the decision as a moral victory but the Palestinians accused the lawsuit of being politically motivated and vowed to appeal

AFTERMATH. Picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) shows general view of the cafeteria following an explosion at east Jerusalem's Hebrew University 31 July 2002. Avi Ohayon/Israel Govt Press Office/File/AFP

10 years after death, Arafat still Palestinian icon

Nov 09, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Ten years after his death Yasser Arafat remains a national hero for a still stateless people

A Palestinian walks next a graffiti of Palestinian late leader Yasser Arafat in the streets of Gaza City on, 29 October 2013. Mohammed Saber/EPA

UN tells Israel, Palestinians to stop unilateral actions

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Ban: Leaders on both sides must overcome their differences and dispense with the unilateral initiatives that serve only to fuel mistrust and polarization

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 16 September 2014, UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo/File

Israel says UK Palestine vote undermines peace prospects

Oct 14, 2014 - 3:34 PM

This comes after British MPs voted 274 to 12 for a non binding motion to recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution

The Palace of Westminister, July 2008. Mgimelfarb/Wikipedia

Gaza donors meet as US pushes peace talks revival

Oct 12, 2014 - 12:40 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and 30 of his counterparts join UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon who is seeking a record 1 6 billion 1 3 billion euros in aid to rebuild Gaza

A Palestinian boy holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in the ruins of a destroyed house during the visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Beit Hanun town in the nortern Gaza Strip on 09 October 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Palestinian unity government holds first Gaza meeting

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:43 PM

The gathering came more than three months after the government was sworn in following a landmark reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah (C) delivers a speech during a tour to some of the areas worst hit by the 50-day war between Israel and Gaza militants in July and August, during a visit to the Gaza Strip, on October 9, 2014. Said Khatib/AFP

Kerry, Abbas meet in New York to discuss Gaza situation

Sep 24, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Kerry and Abbas agreed on the importance of providing humanitarian aid in Gaza where a 50 day war with Israel destroyed homes and infrastructure in densely populated Gaza

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York City on September 23, 2104. US State Department photo/ Public Domain

Hamas denies running 'shadow government' in Gaza

Sep 13, 2014 - 10:32 AM

There is a national unity government; talk of a parallel government is totally against reality says Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal

TUNISIA, Tunis : Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrive for a meeting with Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki at the Carthage presidential palace on the outskirts of Tunis on September 12, 2014. Salah Habibi/AFP

Israel wary of new Gaza violence if Cairo talks fail

Sep 11, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Deputy foreign minister Tzahi Hanegbi: There are chances that Hamas will restart its routine of violence this is a possibility we can t ignore

Palestinians sit inside their destroyed house after returning home in the Tufah neighbourhood in eastern Gaza City on August 31, 2014. Mahmud Hams/AFP

Abbas says may end unity with Hamas over Gaza governance

Sep 07, 2014 - 5:35 PM

UPDATED The threat draws an angry reaction from Hamas denouncing the president s allegations as baseless and raising fresh questions over the future of a fragile intra Palestinian unity deal

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks during a press conference on August 26, 2014 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abbas Momani/AFP

Pressure mounts for Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

Sep 02, 2014 - 8:08 AM

The United States the United Nations and Egypt all call for an urgent rethink after Sunday s August 31 announcement which angered the Palestinians and alarmed Israeli peace campaigners

A general view of Gevaot settlement in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 01 September 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel to expropriate West Bank land around Bethlehem – army

Aug 31, 2014 - 6:58 PM

UPDATED Israel announces it will expropriate 400 hectares 988 acres of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners

In this file photo, a Palestinian construction worker is at a building site in the Jewish settlement of Ramt Shlomo, near the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem, 30 October 2013. EPA/Abir Sultan

New Gaza truce holding after shaky start

Aug 14, 2014 - 7:05 AM

UPDATED The agreement clinched by Egypt ushers in what is potentially the longest period of calm in the five week conflict and will allow more time for talks on the thorniest issues that separate the two sides

READY. Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) at an unspecified location near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, 13 August 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

Clock ticks down to end of Gaza truce deadline

Aug 13, 2014 - 10:43 AM

As Gaza s residents ventured out into the quiet to try to piece together their battered lives negotiators hold a second round of indirect talks aimed at finding a durable end to the five week confrontation

LULL HOLDS. Palestinian flag fly amidst the rubble of the Al Masir family destroyed home in the Al-Masryeen neighborhood east of Beit Hanun town, northern Gaza Strip on, 12 Augast 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

All quiet on day two of Gaza truce as Cairo talks continue

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:32 AM

The enclave was quiet following days of Egyptian brokered mediation to stem violence which has killed 1 940 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side since July 8

AND THEN SILENCE. Palestinians sit in a makeshift tent next the rubble of the destroyed Al-Nada towers in Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip, 11 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Fresh 72-hour truce begins in Gaza

Aug 11, 2014 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED The agreement which began at 00:01 am 2101 GMT on Sunday August 10 clinched days of frantic mediation to stem a firestorm of violence that has killed 1 939 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side since July 8

BEFORE THE LULL. Smoke rises after Israeli air strikes in Al-Zaitun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, 10 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel accepts Egypt's Gaza truce plan, Hamas says no

Jul 15, 2014 - 4:44 PM

But the resulting calm was short lived with the Israeli army confirming three rockets from Gaza hit southern Israel

RUINS. A Palestinian man walks past a destroyed building in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, 14 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel to weigh Egypt Gaza truce, Hamas says no deal

Jul 15, 2014 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED Israel s Operation Protective Edge intended to stamp out militant rocket fire has killed 186 people in Gaza by late Monday

AMID RUIN. A young Palestinian boy walks over debris from a house that was destroyed overnight in an airstrike in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, 14 July 2014. Oliver Weiken/EPA

Israel PM blames Hamas for teens' kidnapping

Jun 15, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu places responsibility for the teens safe return on the shoulders of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Israel says Palestinians kidnapped 3 missing teens

Jun 14, 2014 - 6:17 PM

The Jewish seminary students go missing while hitchhiking The search is being carried out in coordination with security forces from the Palestinian Authority

Palestinians to consider 'all options' in response to Israel

Apr 25, 2014 - 12:24 AM

Chief Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erakat puts the blame for the failure of peace talks on Israel

Israel mulls reprisals for Palestinian unity deal

Apr 24, 2014 - 10:47 PM

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describes the deal which opposes all peace talks with Israel as very serious

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Prague seeks answers as Palestinian envoy's body flown home

Jan 07, 2014 - 8:51 AM

Czech authorities are seeking answers over an arms find at the Palestinian mission in Prague as the body of an envoy killed by an apparently accidental explosion there was flown home

BLAST SCENE. Police and firefighters at the scene of a blast at the residence of Palestine ambassador, Jamal al-Jamal, in Prague, Czech Republic, 01 January 2014. Filip Singer/EPA

Bloodshed, settlements hike pressure on Mideast talks

Dec 20, 2013 - 4:52 PM

Despite relentless US efforts to coax Israel and the Palestinians into reaching an elusive peace agreement tensions between the two sides have shown little sign of abating

Israel 'destroying peace process' with new housing

Oct 30, 2013 - 9:28 PM

The current Israeli negotiating position is the worst in more than 20 years said Yasser Abed Rabbo secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation

HOUSING PLANS. A Palestinian construction worker at a building site in the Jewish settlement of Ramt Shlomo, near the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem. Photo by Abir Sultan/EPA

'Quiet man' Kerry's strategy for Middle East peace

May 01, 2013 - 3:38 PM

Kerry needs to tread carefully towards the US avowed goal of a two state solution of Israelis and Palestinians living side by side

Photo by AFP

Palestinian PM Fayyad resigns after row with Abbas

Apr 14, 2013 - 8:12 AM

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad resigned on Saturday April 13 after a weeks long falling out with president Mahmud Abbas

Abbas hails 'historic' UN vote

Nov 30, 2012 - 10:54 AM

Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas says Palestinians still face a long road to get their own country

US, Israel, Canada blast Palestinian state bid

Nov 30, 2012 - 6:40 AM

UPDATED US says the UN vote upgrading Palestine s status creates obstacles to peace between Israel and Palestinians

PALESTINE AT THE UN. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, on November 29, asked for the Palestinians to be recognized as a United Nations "non-member observer state" and indicate his conditions for talks with Israel. In this file photo, Abbas addresses the general debate of the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly, September 27, at the UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo/J Carrier

Truce in Gaza takes effect

Nov 22, 2012 - 5:43 AM

Israel and Hamas agree on a truce aimed at ending a week of bloodshed that has killed more than 150 people