Israel blocks shipment of Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Gaza

Israel has stopped 1,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine that are intended for front-line medical workers from entering the besieged Gaza Strip. Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila said in a statement on Monday that Israel bore “full responsibility” for blocking the shipment acquired by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs parts of the […]

Will the first Palestinian elections in 15 years go ahead?

25:55 From: Inside Story Rival Palestinian factions agree on terms for holding long-delayed presidential and legislative votes. Read more By  Inside Story 11 Feb 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 24:55 play 25:10 play 24:53 play 24:55 Show more . Source link

Palestinian factions agree to ‘respect and accept’ poll results

At the end of a two-day summit in Cairo, Fatah, Hamas and 12 other factions say they have agreed to hold legislative and presidential elections in May and July. Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas say they have agreed on the “mechanisms” for upcoming legislative and presidential elections, after a rapprochement between the two movements. The […]

Palestinians launch postcodes in assertion of sovereignty

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has announced Sunday it will begin using its own postal codes, a move at easing the delivery of parcels in the occupied territories, as well as asserting sovereignty. International mail sent to or from the occupied West Bank currently has to pass through Jordan or Israel. In both cases, mail intended […]

Israeli forces kill Palestinian with ‘three-knife’ weapon

An Israeli soldier has shot dead a Palestinian suspected of attempting an attack on troops in the West Bank, according to the Israeli army. The military said in a statement “an armed assailant with three knives connected to a stick” attempted to attack soldiers on Sunday at a West Bank junction south of Bethlehem. No soldiers […]

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian teen in occupied West Bank

Atallah Rayyan, 17, was fatally shot at a military post near a Jewish settlement after he allegedly tried to attack Israeli soldiers. Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teen near the Jewish settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank. According to an Israeli military statement on Tuesday, Atallah Rayyan, 17, tried to carry […]

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Israel issues tenders for 2,500 new settler homes: Watchdog

Peace Now said PM Netanyahu announces settler homes in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem as he faces elections in March. Israel has issued tenders for 2,500 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a watchdog said on Wednesday, on the eve of Joe Biden’s swearing-in as US president. On Sunday, […]

UN urges Israel to ‘halt, reverse’ new settlements in West Bank

UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned settlement construction as ‘major obstacle to just and comprehensive peace’. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Israel to “halt and reverse” its decision last week to build nearly 800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. The decision is “a major obstacle to the achievement of […]

Ethical concerns raised as Israel to give Pfizer medical data

After sprinting ahead in the race to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the international drug giant in exchange for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine. Proponents say the deal could allow Israel to become the first country […]

Uncertainty as Palestine’s Abbas announces elections

Important hurdles, including disagreements between Hamas and Fatah, threaten to derail the vote, the first since 2006. Beset by political infighting, split between three territories, and distrustful of their institutions, many Palestinians are sceptical their first national elections in 15 years will bring change – or even happen at all. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas […]

Policies Adelson championed will be long felt, Palestinians say

Sheldon Adelson’s support for “disruptive” policies in the United States and the Middle East will be felt for years to come, Palestinian political analysts said on Tuesday, as news broke of the 87-year-old casino magnate’s death. A key financial backer and political supporter of both outgoing US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin […]

Israel bans screening of ‘Jenin, Jenin’ after soldier’s lawsuit

An Israeli court has banned screenings of a documentary film about the 2002 deadly confrontations between armed Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin. The Lod district court made its decision on Monday, concluding a libel lawsuit filed against prominent director Mohammed Bakri by Israeli soldier Nissim Magnaji, whose participation […]

Israel announces new illegal settler homes in occupied West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that plans be advanced to construct approximately 800 homes for illegal Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. Monday’s announcement comes just days before the January 20 inauguration of Joe Bide who, unlike Donald Trump, has been critical of Israeli settlement policies in the past. “The prime minister […]

‘Heinous’: Israeli forces ‘killed 27 Palestinians in 2020’

Israeli authorities also destroyed at least 729 Palestinian buildings – including 273 homes – last year, NGO says. Israeli security forces committed “heinous killings” throughout 2020, shooting dead at least 27 Palestinians across occupied Palestinian territories and in Israel, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem. “Over the course of 2020, Israeli security forces killed 27 […]

Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces in Jerusalem’s Old City

Mahmoud Omar Kameel, 17, was shot multiple times after he allegedly fired at Israeli soldiers. A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces after he was accused of firing at soldiers in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem on Monday night. According to Israeli police, the teen, identified by local media as 17-year-old […]

Coronavirus test kits run out in Gaza as ‘collapse’ fears grow

As cases surge, the Israeli-blockaded Palestinian enclave is increasingly desperate for medical supplies to battle COVID-19. Health officials said Monday that they could no longer carry out coronavirus tests in the Gaza Strip because of a lack of kits amid a spike in cases in the besieged Palestinian territory. The health ministry called for urgent […]

EU calls for probe into Palestinian teen’s killing by Israel

Palestinian officials call killing ‘war crime’; EU delegation to Palestinians said Israel must fully investigate ‘shocking incident’. The killing of a Palestinian teenager by the Israeli army in the illegally occupied West Bank has been termed a “war crime” and the European Union Delegation to the Palestinians has called for an investigation into the incident. […]

Bahrain open to imports from illegal Israeli settlements

No distinction will be made between imports from Israel and those from settlements in the occupied West Bank, Bahraini trade minister says. Bahrain’s imports from Israel will not be subject to distinctions between products made within Israel and those from illegal settlements in occupied territory, the Bahraini trade minister has said, drawing a rebuke from […]

Palestinian student released from Israeli jail after 15 months

Mays Abu Ghosh, a journalism student, says she faced psychological and physical torture under interrogation by Israeli forces. Mays Abu Ghosh, a 22-year-old Palestinian student, was released by Israeli forces on Monday, 15 months after she was arrested. Abu Ghosh, a journalism student at Birzeit University, was arrested in August 2019 and charged with being […]

Occupied West Bank enters lockdown amid coronavirus surge

Two-day lockdown imposed as the occupied Palestinian territories report more than 91,000 coronavirus cases. The occupied West Bank has entered a 48-hour lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as cases continue to rise. The lockdown started on Friday and will continue until Sunday morning. The territory, which the Palestinian Authority (PA) government […]

Palestinian man shot dead after alleged car-ramming attack

Israeli forces shot and killed a man at a checkpoint near occupied East Jerusalem after he attempted to flee an inspection, police said. Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian man at a checkpoint after an alleged car-ramming attack outside of Jerusalem, according to local media and police reports. Israeli border police on Wednesday […]