Tag Archive for West Bank

US voices opposition to Israel destroying illegal EU construction of Palestinian homes


view videoCompletely ignoring said structures were illegally constructed, without proper license and placed on state or public land, a U.S. State Department spokesperson voiced concern the demolitions of EU constructed Palestinian homes in the West Bank by Israeli authorities ‘undermine the possibility of a 2-state solution.’

By Reuters


The United States is “concerned” about Israel’s demolition of Arab buildings in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a State Department spokeswoman said on Friday, adding that it raised questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state political solution to the Palestinian conflict.

Israeli forces bulldozed a school in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Tana in the West Bank early in March, leaving 23 children with nowhere to study in the community overlooking the Jordan valley. Continue Reading »

Israel offers Palestinians full security control over Area A of the West Bank


view videoAccording to senior army officials the IDF would use Jericho & Ramallah as test cases, and then transfer other Area A cities depending on the successfulness of the “trial.”

By i24news


Secret negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have taken place in the last few weeks addressing the return of full Palestinian security control over cities in Area A of the West Bank, Haaretz reports.

According to senior IDF officials quoted in Haaretz, the IDF would use Ramallah and Jericho as test cases, withdrawing from them initially and then from other Area A cities depending on how the “trial” goes. Continue Reading »

Palestinians, leftists fuming that Airbnb list Jewish homes in Judea & Samaria


According to Al Jazeera, dozens of Israelis from West Bank towns are renting  rooms and vacation homes to tourists, provoking the ire of pro-Palestinians, who were unable to get a reaction from the California-based company. 



Airbnb, the popular online accommodation, rent, and lodging service is under fire from Israeli peaceniks and Palestinian officials for listing residences in Jewish towns and settlements beyond the 1967 Green Line without noting the disputed political status of these areas.

Airbnb listings of homes in the West Bank. - Photo: Courtesy

Airbnb listings of homes in the West Bank. – Photo: Courtesy

According to Al Jazeera, dozens of Israeli settlers in the West Bank are offering their homes to tourists. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Spanish government pays West Bank university $100,000


Ariel University receives over $100,000 compensation from Spanish gov’t for capitulating to BDS pressure in 2009 by excluding the West Bank university from a ‘green-housing’ competition.

By i24news


The Spanish government recently paid 430,000 shekels (100,000 dollars) in compensation to an Israeli university in the West Bank for an incident in which 15 architecture students were barred from an international competition sponsored by the Spanish Housing Ministry because they came “from the occupied territories”.

Ariel University had been involved in a complicated legal struggle after a team it sent to Spain in 2009 advanced to become one of 21 finalists in a competition for designing an environmentally-friendly home, Israeli news website Ynet reported. Continue Reading »

Foreign Policy reports: 40% of West Bank Arab women have illegal abortions



By Arutz Sheva News Brief


A new report has found that about 40 percent of Arab women in Judea and Samaria have had abortions, even though the procedure is illegal.

Abortion clinic exam room. – Photo: OlgaKhazan

Foreign Policy reports that, in order to avoid going to a doctor for the abortion, many women try improvised methods such as inserting sharp objects into their bodies or jumping off of buildings.

Many of the women who seek abortions are married but say that they are afraid of their husbands, giving them even less incentive to search for help.


View original Arutz Sheva publication at:
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SodaStream CEO accuses BDS boycotters of anti-Semitism


SodaStream chief says BDS only had a ‘negligible’ impact on the beverage maker, noting the closure of the West Bank factory & expansion to the new Negev facility led to hundreds of Palestinians losing their jobs.

By Associated Press 


The chief executive of SodaStream, the beverage maker that is shuttering its West Bank factory in the face of international boycott calls, accused his company’s critics Wednesday of anti-Semitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect.

The SodaStream plant in Mishor Adumim. – Photo: Bloomberg

SodaStream, which produces machines that allow people to make fizzy drinks, has been targeted by an international campaign calling for boycotting, divesting and sanctioning Israeli companies. Continue Reading »

Rawabi, newly built Palestinian city welcomes its first settlers


After years of gov’t delays & disputes with Israel over water connection, the 1st Palestinian planned city, with 6,000 housing units, finally opens its gates to West Bank Arab settlers.

By Felice Friedson, The Media Line


Hanadi Abu Zahra turns on the tap in her kitchen and is elated to see the water flowing – something most new residents would take for granted even if they had not just moved into a brand new state-of-the-art apartment in a luxury building located in a development that has been the recipient of massive world-wide attention. But whether or not water would be there when the tap was turned on became symbolic of the challenges that had to be overcome in order for Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city, to transform from one man’s vision to the fulfillment of 40,000 aspirations. Continue Reading »

Saudi Report: Hezbollah paying West Bank youth to terrorize Israeli Jews




Hezbollah has been working intensively to enlist former operatives from Fatah’s armed wing, the Al Aksa Brigades, in order to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets in the West Bank and inside Israel, a Palestinian security source was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Saudi daily Okaz quoted the source as saying that “among those Hezbollah members involved in the operation is Kayis Ubayid, who was behind the kidnapping of Col. Continue Reading »

Beijing refuses to allow Chinese nationals to work in West Bank

China’s refusal is delaying a deal on allowing thousands of Chinese construction workers in Israel because Jerusalem won’t promise to exclude them from the settlements.

By i24news


China is refusing to sign an agreement allowing its nationals to work in Israel, unless the Israeli government promises they will not be employed in the internationally disputed Jewish settlements of the West Bank.


Chinese construction workers – Photo: AFP /file

Israel has been trying to negotiate the agreement for a while and has so far refused to give in to the Chinese demand, according to The Marker, the economic daily of Haaretz. Continue Reading »

Israel arrested senior Hamas officials in West Bank anti-terror sweep

In one of the largest raids since ‘Operation Brother’s Keeper’, Israel arrests included senior Hamas officials, who have already served sentences in Israeli prisons, but are now suspected of currently planning Hamas-funded terror attacks against Israel.

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Analysis: Palestinian Islamic Jihad growing strong in the West Bank

According to IDF assessments, decades of systematic indoctrination of antisemitism & hate created a new generation of Fatah Tanzim, that could pose a serious threat to Israel in the future.


Palestinian Islamic Jihad is gaining strength in Judea and Samaria, representing a new terrorist threat. Senior IDF officials from the Central territorial command consider Islamic Jihad to be a small yet highly focused entity, making it a dangerous and disturbing addition to the plethora of actors in the territories.

A Palestinian protester wearing a mask featuring the Palestinian flag, uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Israeli troops in Bil’in. 

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VIDEO: Palestinian PM Screams ‘Foul’ After Car Stopped by Israel Police for Speeding

Ma’an News Agency reports Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah’s convoyed was stopped again while traveling to Ramallah, this time according to Israel Police, the convoy was speeding.


Israel Police on Sunday stopped the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister in the West Bank, Ma’an news agency reported.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah speaking to reporters. – Photo: AP

The convoy of Rami Hamdallah was traveling between Tulkarem and Ramallah, when it was stopped for about half an hour by police, according to the report.


Police said the convoy was held up because it was speeding near the settlement of Eli, but an official from Hamdallah’s office denied that to Ma’an.

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Palestinian brewery cancels its 2014 Oktoberfest

Taybeh Brewery, the only Palestinian microbrewery, has cancelled its 2014 October festival in the wake of Gazans still suffering after war with Hamas.


The Taybeh Brewery, located in the West Bank town of the same name, has cancelled its annual Oktoberfest this year following the summer war in Gaza, according to USA Today.


A scene from the 2013 Taybeh Oktoberfest. – Photo: Screenshot

“The blood in Gaza still did not dry, so we felt we needed better times to celebrate,” said master brewer Nadim Khoury, who runs the family-owned business.

This is the first time the brewery has not hosted the October festival in the town in a decade. Continue Reading »

World Leaders Ignore History & Int’l Law to Appease the Arabs When Discussing the West Bank


For most around the world, every inch of land beyond the 1949 armistice lines is automatically Palestinian; a display of unfamiliarity with history & int’l law.

Time to learn the facts about Judea & Samaria.



The recent furor surrounding the government’s decision to declare nearly 1,000 acres at Gvaot in Gush Etzion “State Land” is a classic example of the ignorance of history and law that governs most discussions of Israeli actions beyond the internationally hallowed “Green Line.” Media headlines around the world screamed about “annexation” and “land grab,” the Palestinian Authority declared it a “crime” and foreign ministries around the world have demanded the reversal of the decision. Continue Reading »

Abbas’s family desert the West Bank for Jordan

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ wife & grandchildren were among the family members who secretly traveled to Jordan recently.



Members of the family of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have secretly left Ramallah for Jordan, according to the online newspaper Rai Al-Youm.

amina abbas

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 »