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September 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
Palestinian looters took irrigation hoses, pumps and plastic sheeting from dozens of greenhouses Tuesday, a month after Jewish American donors bought more than 3,000 of the structures from Israeli settlers and transferred them to the Palestinian Authority. Police commanders complained that they did not have enough manpower to protect the prized equipment in several abandoned settlements. In some instances, police joined the looters, witnesses said. "We need at least another 70 soldiers.
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March 10, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Jordanian judge of Palestinian descent Monday at Allenby Bridge border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, according to statements from the Israeli army and a Palestinian official. A statement by the Israel Defense Forces said the Jordanian -- identified as Raed Zeiter, 38, originally from the West Bank city of Nablus -- had just crossed the border from Jordan when he attempted to grab a soldier's weapon. The soldier opened fire and killed him. "A Palestinian tried to seize a soldier's weapon at the Allenby Bridge Crossing from Jordan,” the army tweeted on its account.
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April 13, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Maher Abukhater, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
JERUSALEM -- Embattled Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad resigned late Saturday after struggling for years against political rivals and lackluster public support. Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who in recent months had also clashed with Fayyad, accepted the resignation, but asked him to remain in office until a replacement is named, according to Palestinian Authority spokeswoman Nour Odeh. The departure means that a new Palestinian government, the fourth since 2007, could be formed in coming weeks.
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January 18, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A food convoy was allowed into the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria for the first time in months on Saturday after an agreement was worked out with the Syrian government and leaders in the camp. The food was brought in by the Palestinian Authority after many previous failed attempts. Ahmad Majdalani, a Palestinian emissary to Damascus, told reporters in Ramallah that after a Palestinian team had talked to faction leaders in the camp on Friday, it was agreed that they would guarantee a safe passage into the camp to bring in badly needed food and medicine.
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December 19, 2012 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian public employees virtually shut down all Palestinian Authority offices and schools in the West Bank on Wednesday, the first day of a two-day general strike to protest the government's failure to pay their November salaries. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said his government does not have the money to pay salaries after Israel froze the transfer of more than $100 million in tax funds to the Palestinian Authority. He called the Israeli measure “an act of piracy” and urged Palestinians to boycott Israeli products if Israel persists in withholding payment of the tax revenue, which it collects from West Bank importers using Israeli ports.
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December 2, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Israel said Sunday it would withhold more than $100 million in tax revenue this month from the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, the latest reaction to last week's U.N. vote recognizing the Palestinian territories as a "nonmember observer state. " Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said he would use the money to repay part of an outstanding Palestinian debt -- estimated to be about $180 million -- to Israel's electricity company for power supplied to parts of the West Bank.
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January 16, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A senior Palestinian Authority official said Thursday that U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry has slowed peace talks by emphasizing Israeli concerns and security issues in the Jordan Valley of the West Bank. The United States and Israel seem determined to discuss Israel as a Jewish state and security arrangements before anything else, Nabil Shaath, a senior member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, told journalists at his Ramallah office.
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November 20, 2012 | By Maher Abukhater and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The hostilities in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas have raised sympathy among many Palestinians for the Islamist militant group and elevated its status at the expense of the rival Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, observers say. Abbas, who views himself as the leader of all Palestinians, has been sidelined as Hamas has taken center stage in the struggle against Israel and received a string of...
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January 20, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
With Israel and Hamas both claiming victory in the Gaza Strip, there is one clear loser: the U.S.-backed Palestinian Authority, which desperately wants a peace accord with Israel and a unified Palestine in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel's 22-day assault on Hamas-ruled Gaza made the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority look ineffective and marginalized, unable to stop the carnage. Popular support for its peace talks with Israel, already declining, now seems weaker than ever.
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October 3, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority has launched a security crackdown after a wave of lawlessness in West Bank cities. Hundreds of masked special forces, dressed in black and armed with machine guns, were dispatched Wednesday to the northern city of Jenin in a show of force, according to its governor, Talal Dweikat. He said the troops were there "to reinforce the work of the local security forces and to help them restore law and order to the city. " Jenin has been plagued by shootings, property destruction and other attacks since Israeli troops last month killed a man during a raid at a refugee camp there.
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January 16, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- A senior Palestinian Authority official said Thursday that U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry has slowed peace talks by emphasizing Israeli concerns and security issues in the Jordan Valley of the West Bank. The United States and Israel seem determined to discuss Israel as a Jewish state and security arrangements before anything else, Nabil Shaath, a senior member of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, told journalists at his Ramallah office.
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January 16, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday with Jordanian King Abdullah II to discuss developments related to the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, according to Petra, Jordan's news agency. Netanyahu's visit to Amman was not announced ahead of time, and was publicly reported from Jordan only after it ended. King Abdullah's talks with Netanyahu follow separate meetings held recently with Secretary of State John F. Kerry and with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
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November 13, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli soldier was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager on board a bus Wednesday morning, Israeli police and military officials said. According to police and eyewitnesses, the Tel Aviv-bound bus made a stop in the northern town of Afula when a young passenger pulled out a knife and stabbed the soldier, who was napping while en route to his army base. Citizens and security guards seized the suspect and turned him over to the police, while medics treated the soldier for critical injuries.
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October 8, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority, which is based in the West Bank, and its archrival Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, are at loggerheads over who is to go on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca this year. The Palestinian Authority's minister of religious affairs, Mahmoud Habbash, said Tuesday that Hamas seized the passports of 70 Gaza residents slated to leave for Egypt en route to Mecca, all of whom were relatives of people killed in Israeli attacks whose pilgrimage costs were paid by the king of Saudi Arabia.
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October 3, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian Authority has launched a security crackdown after a wave of lawlessness in West Bank cities. Hundreds of masked special forces, dressed in black and armed with machine guns, were dispatched Wednesday to the northern city of Jenin in a show of force, according to its governor, Talal Dweikat. He said the troops were there "to reinforce the work of the local security forces and to help them restore law and order to the city. " Jenin has been plagued by shootings, property destruction and other attacks since Israeli troops last month killed a man during a raid at a refugee camp there.
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July 19, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM - In a surprise announcement, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Friday night that he would host the top Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington as early as next week in a possible renewal of long-stalled peace talks. Kerry's remarks, made after two days of negotiations to persuade  both sides to accept his framework for renewing talks, seemed to catch everyone off guard. Neither Israelis nor Palestinians have publicly embraced Kerry's proposal. But U.S. officials said the two sides narrowed their differences Friday afternoon.
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September 6, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Grappling with a $100-million monthly budget deficit, the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority is struggling these days to keep the lights on. Until an emergency bank loan late last month enabled the Palestinian administration to temporarily stave off creditors and suppliers, its Israeli electricity provider was threatening to cut power to parts of Ramallah, Bethlehem and other West Bank cities. "The problems are becoming more entrenched," said newly appointed Finance Minister Nabeel Kassis, who spends most of his time trying to scrape together enough cash to pay the monthly bills and salaries.
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June 2, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The new Palestinian Authority prime minister is a British-educated academic with no political experience who will be charged with forming the fifth Palestinian government since 2006. But the tenure of Rami Hamdallah, 54, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, may be short-lived because Palestinian leaders say they hope to form yet another new government in as few as three months. On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas named Hamdallah to replace Salam Fayyad, who had served in the post since 2007 before resigning in frustration in April.
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June 30, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - In December 2003, badly trailing Howard Dean in polls of the Democratic presidential field, Sen. John F. Kerry mortgaged his house to raise $6.4 million for his struggling campaign. The risky bet paid off the next month when he won the Iowa caucuses. In 2010, he led a fight for legislation to counter climate change that involved 300 meetings or phone calls before the bill died. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he had never seen anyone work harder on a piece of legislation.
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June 23, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Sunday, Abbas' spokesman  said. Hamdallah, in office for only two weeks, resigned Thursday protesting what he described as infringement on his authority as prime minister by his two deputies, both advisors to Abbas. Abbas attempted over two days to persuade Hamdallah, 54, an independent university president until he was asked to form a government on June 2 to replace outgoing Salam Fayyad, to withdraw his resignation.
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