According to a Defense News report, Palestinian presidential bodyguards refused entry to an IDF special unit when seeking to traverse restricted area adjacent to Abbas’ private residence.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Prime Minister Benjamin Nanyahu offered a personal apology to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this week after IDF troops engaged in a tense standoff with the rais’ personal security detail just outside his home in Ramallah during a nighttime arrest raid, according to an Internet report.
Netanyahu and Abbas. – Photo: REUTERS
The story, which was first reported by journalist Barbara Opall-Rome of the Defense News web site, claims that the Palestinians were enraged by what they viewed as Israel’s “utter disregard” of their sovereignty over Area A, the sections of West Bank land which Jerusalem recognized as the domain of the Palestinian Authority by dint of the 1993 Oslo Accords. Continue Reading »
‘Baird you are not welcome in Palestine’ protesters yelled at Canadian FM when he arrived for ‘cordial & constructive’ meeting with Palestinian leaders in Ramallah.
By Elior Levy
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird’s convoy was pelted with eggs and shoes while visiting the West Bank on Sunday, Palestinian sources told Ynet. The incident took place as the convoy was arriving at the Palestinian Foreign Ministry in Ramallah. Palestinian security forces managed to prevent them from reaching the convoy.
Baird was not hit, but one of the eggs smacked onto the roof of his car after a meeting with his Palestinian counterpart at the Foreign Ministry in Ramallah. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ wife & grandchildren were among the family members who secretly traveled to Jordan recently.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Members of the family of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have secretly left Ramallah for Jordan, according to the online newspaper Rai Al-Youm.
Mahmoud Abbas and his wife Amina – Photo: REUTERS
“For the first time and secretly, all the members of President Abbas’s family have left to their residence in Amman,” the report said.
It said that Abbas’s wife and grandchildren were among the family members who left Ramallah recently.
The newspaper said that Mohamed Shehadeh, who is in charge of Abbas’s security detail, has decided to beef up security around the PA president’s office and residence in Ramallah. Continue Reading »
IDF investigating report received of shooting near Jalazone refugee camp, north of Ramallah.
IDF source said the preliminary report of the incident “still sketchy”.
The IDF shot and killed Wajih Ramahi, 15, from the Jalazone refugee camp north of Ramallah on Saturday evening, according to B’Tselem.
IDF troops take up position during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers in Hebron. Sept. 22, 2013.- Photo: REUTERS
Its spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said a field worker at the Ramallah hospital where Ramahi was taken reported from doctors there that he had been shot in the back.
The IDF launched an investigation after receiving a Palestinian report via the civil administration about the shooting of a teenager. Continue Reading »
IDF: After security forces entered neighborhood to carry out an arrest, they were attacked with “extreme violence” by hundreds of Arabs and forced to take defensive measures.
By Kochava Rozenbaum & Gil Ronen
Arab sources said Monday morning that three Arabs were shot dead in Kalandiya, north of Jerusalem, in a clash with the IDF, and 19 were wounded.
An initial IDF inquiry shows that Border Police were attacked with fire bombs, rocks and bottles, and had to resort to live fire.
The IDF said Monday that the incident took place during nighttime activity by security forces for the arrest of a wanted man in Kalandiya. Continue Reading »
After initial studies and meetings with PA official, IKEA is considering opening a new mega-store in Ramallah.
By Rina Tzvi
IKEA is considering opening a branch in Ramallah.
IKEA store – Reuters
Two IKEA executives visited Ramallah last month and met with the Palestinian Authority economics minister, Jawad al-Naji, Israeli daily Yediot Achronot reported
Israel has IKEA megastores in Netanya and Rishon Lezion and is set open a third next year in Kiryat Ata.
IKEA plans to have the Ramallah employees train at the Netanya store, which has an employee training center, according to Yediot.
“If asked, we’ll be happy to help establish the store,” said Matthew Bronfman, the franchisee for IKEA in Israel. Continue Reading »
Israeli activists visited Ramallah & met with senior PA officials to hear history of negotiations and exchange political positions & arguments.
On the menu: meetings, kosher meals, &
for social networks.
By Elior Levy
RAMALLAH – Dozens of activists and members of the Likud and Shas parties descended Sunday morning from a bus parked near the Mukata in Ramallah, on their way to a meeting with senior Palestinian officials organized by the Geneva Initiative.
The Israelis were ushered into the building’s conference room, where they were greeted by the Secretary General of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abd Rabbo, and Fatah officials Nabil Shaath and Muhammed Madani. Continue Reading »
Omar Jabar explained to police how his gang planned to place the stolen monument that was erected in honor of the 1989 terror attack on bus No. 405 in his West Bank city’s central square.
Bereaved husband of one of those massacred: ‘No conscience’.
Noam (Dabul) Dvir
Omar Jabar, a 33 year old resident of Abu Gosh, was arrested on suspicion of stealing parts of a monument erected in honor of those killed in the terror attack on bus No. 405 near Kiryat Ye’arim. The Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended his remand by four days on Tuesday. Judge Tamar Bar-Asher Tsaban said Jabar is suspected of defacing a monument, conspiring to commit a crime and stealing property worth more than NIS 500,000 (about $138,000). Continue Reading »
Victims of Thursday’s rocket attack: ‘Israel needs to prevent any future rocket attacks.’
By David Lev
Hamas on Thursday denied that it or any other Gaza terror group had fired rockets at Israeli targets in the midst of U.S. President Barack H. Obama’s visit to Israel. “Israel has fabricated these reports in order to mar the reputation of the resistance forces,” a spokesperson for Hamas said.
A rocket fired at Israel from Gaza caused heavy damage to a house in Sderot Thursday morning. A second rocket hit an open area near the Gaza border, and two other rockets aimed at Israel fell on the Gaza side of the border fence. Continue Reading »