Palestinians close Bethlehem after virus spike

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: The governor of Bethlehem announced Saturday the temporary closure of the Palestinian city to contain the spread of coronavirus after a sharp rise in infections in the occupied West Bank.The 48-hour closure will begin Monday from 6.00am (0300 GMT), governor Kamil H

Israeli annexation would be 'declaration of war', says Hamas

Israel's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank and Jordan Valley would be a "declaration of war" Gaza based Hamas said on Thursday as a UN envoy warned the move could fuel extremism. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aims to table annexation plans from July 1, despite opposi

End of medical referrals in Gaza impacts Palestinian patients

Omar Yaghi was not yet eight months old when he died; the first victim of the end of security coordination between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel. Thousands of patients in the Gaza Strip now fear for their lives, because they cannot travel to receive treatment in hospitals in Jerusalem a

Protests continue over razing Jaffa Muslim Cemetery

Palestinians protested for the sixth day in a row in the port city of Jaffa against plans by the Tel Aviv/Jaffa municipality to destroy the Al-Isaaf Muslim cemetery, which dates back to Ottoman times. The Jaffa List, which has been in coalition with the ruling municipality, quit in protest. Israeli

Palestine Responds to ICC Request For Clarifications Over Withdrawal From Agreements

Riyadh - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maliki said that the State of Palestine has recently submitted its response to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which requested that it be provided with additional information about President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech in response to illegal Isra

Palestinians, Arabs ‘must learn lessons of Naksa’

Leading Palestinian and Arab figures have used the 53rd anniversary of Naksa — the displacement and occupation of Arab territories that followed Israel’s victory in the 1967 war against Egypt, Syria, and Jordan — to highlight political mistakes made during and after the conflict.

Norway Urges Israel Not to Annex Parts of the West Bank

Norway, which chairs a group of international donors to the Palestinians, urged Israel on Tuesday not to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Norway heads the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), which met on Tuesday to discuss Israel’s plan to extend its sovereignty to Jewish settlements and t

PLO official: Israel has ‘destroyed 2-state solution’

Israeli expansionism and colonialism have “effectively destroyed the two-state solution,” Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said on Tuesday during a webinar attended by Arab News.Israeli settlers have created “a r

Israeli troops kill Palestinian teenager in West Bank clashes, as Pompeo arrives

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry said, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Israel. A health ministry spokesman told AFP that Zaid Qaysia, 15, was killed by a live bullet to the head fire

Palestinians say Israel targeting prisoners’ bank accounts

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinian officials said Friday that Israel is forcing banks in the occupied West Bank to close accounts held by the families of prisoners in Israeli jails to prevent the Palestinian Authority from providing stipends to them.Israel has long objected to the Palestinian Authorit

Palestinians extend coronavirus state of emergency to June 5

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has extended to June 5 a state of emergency declared in areas under his administration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in response to the coronavirus crisis, the official news agency Wafa said on Tuesday. First announced two months ago, the state of emergency h

Palestinian laborers back working in Israel as coronavirus slows

Thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank entered Israel to work on Sunday after weeks of absence over fears of the coronavirus, as the pandemic’s spread slowed. An Israeli security official said that as of the morning, some 11,500 Palestinians with permits had entered Israel and settler i

Israeli forces kill Palestinian attacker near Jerusalem: police

Israeli security forces shot and killed a Palestinian man who stabbed a police officer at a checkpoint near Jerusalem on Wednesday, an Israeli police spokesman said. “The terrorist drove his vehicle into the border policeman ... then stabbed (him) with scissors,” said spokesman Micky Ro

Prayers at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa suspended for Ramadan

Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound will be closed to Muslim worshippers throughout the holy fasting month of Ramadan due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Jordan-appointed council that oversees Islam’s third-holiest site said on Thursday. The decision extends a ban on Islamic prayers at

Gaza has no more coronavirus test kits, Palestinian health officials say

The Gaza Strip has no more coronavirus test kits, Palestinian health officials said on Wednesday, amid fears of disaster if the illness spreads in the blockaded, densely packed enclave. “Testing at our central laboratory has stopped, after coronavirus test kits completely ran out,” Gaza

Red Cross urges Israel to reduce Palestinian inmates

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Tuesday called on Israel to reduce the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons due to the coronavirus outbreak. "Coronavirus is a major challenge for the [Israeli] detention authorities, but its obligations towards detainees remain i

First coronavirus cases in Gaza spark fears of spread in confined space

The arrival of the coronavirus in the Gaza Strip, an impoverished enclave where the health care system has been gutted by years of conflict, raised fears Sunday the pandemic may soon prey on some of the most vulnerable populations in the world. Authorities in Gaza, which has been under an Israeli a

UN names new head of troubled Palestinian refugee agency

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday appointed Swiss humanitarian expert Philippe Lazzarini to head the beleaguered UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which has faced a financial crisis following the cutoff of US funding and a crisis of confidence after its previous leader was accused

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