Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders advancement of settler housing project in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Monday that plans be advanced to construct some 800 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, an official statement said. The announcement was widely expected ahead of the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who unlike outgoing President Donald Trump, has been critical of Israeli… Read More Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders advancement of settler housing project in West Bank

Israeli military court convicts Palestinian activist Issa Amro of illegal protest and assault in West Bank

An Israeli military court on Wednesday convicted a Palestinian rights activist of offences in the occupied West Bank, in a case that Amnesty International described as politically motivated. Issa Amro, of the Palestinian city of Hebron, was convicted on three counts of protesting without a permit, two counts of disrupting Israeli soldiers’ activities, and one… Read More Israeli military court convicts Palestinian activist Issa Amro of illegal protest and assault in West Bank

Israeli officer fatally shoots alleged Palestinian assailant in West Bank

An Israeli security officer shot a Palestinian who threw a knife towards him in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, Israel’s military said, and Palestinian officials said the man had been killed. The incident occurred at a road junction situated near a cluster of Israeli settlements southwest of the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, the military… Read More Israeli officer fatally shoots alleged Palestinian assailant in West Bank

Palestinian militant groups launch rockets into the sea in first joint exercise

An array of Palestinian militant groups launched rockets into the Mediterranean Sea off the Gaza Strip on Tuesday at the start of what they called their first-ever joint exercise, which Israeli media described as a show of force organised by Iran. Gaza is run by Hamas and also home to other militant groups, including Islamic… Read More Palestinian militant groups launch rockets into the sea in first joint exercise

Israel replies Palestinian militants rocket attack with airstrikes

Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, drawing Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said on Sunday. There were no casualties reported on either side of the border. Israeli police said the Gaza rocket fired on Saturday night damaged a factory in the southern city of Ashkelon. The Israeli military said… Read More Israel replies Palestinian militants rocket attack with airstrikes

Israel begins bid for development of sensitive East Jerusalem area

Israel moved ahead on Sunday with a settler housing plan in a sensitive area near East Jerusalem, a step critics said was aimed at shoring up the project before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office. On its website, the Israel Land Authority (ILA) invited contractor bids for building 1,257 homes in Givat Hamatos, under a… Read More Israel begins bid for development of sensitive East Jerusalem area

Israeli soldiers fatally shoot Palestinian officer who reportedly fired at them

A Palestinian motorist fired a pistol at Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and was killed by them, a military spokesman said, and Palestinians identified the dead man as an officer in their security forces. There were no Israeli casualties in the incident at a roadside military position near the Palestinian city… Read More Israeli soldiers fatally shoot Palestinian officer who reportedly fired at them

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls for UN-led peace conference early next year

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday called for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convene an international conference early next year to launch “a genuine peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians. Abbas urged Guterres to work with the Middle East Quartet of mediators – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the U.N.… Read More Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas calls for UN-led peace conference early next year