December 23, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Israel Prison Service on Monday freed Samer Issawi, a Palestinian inmate whose prolonged hunger strike helped fuel weeks of protests in the West Bank this year. Issawi, 34, refused food for eight months, receiving only infusions of water, vitamins and other supplements, according to his attorney. He was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 26 years in prison in connection with the manufacture of pipe bombs and shooting attacks on Israeli vehicles. Issawi was among more than 1,000 Palestinians freed in 2011 in exchange for captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit but was re-arrested in July 2012 for allegedly violating the terms of his release by traveling to the West Bank.
December 19, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Two Palestinians were killed in separate clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank early Thursday, Palestinian sources and the Israeli military reported. According to an Israeli army statement , Israeli forces were carrying out a "preplanned" operation in the town of Qalqiliya to apprehend a militant cell responsible for recent shootings. After being fired at, soldiers returned fire that resulted in the death of a Palestinian man, army officials said. The Palestinian news agency Maan identified the man as Samir Abd al-Rahman Yassin, a 28-year-old member of the Palestinian security forces.
December 18, 2013 |
BEIT JALA, West Bank - Israel and the Palestinians should be able to reach a basic "framework agreement" for peace by the end of April and a full peace treaty within a year after that, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Wednesday. In a generally optimistic assessment of a peace process that many see as quixotic, Saeb Erekat said a framework agreement would include a general accord on core issues, but would leave the details of implementation to a final treaty. “April 29 is time for a framework agreement,” Erekat told foreign reporters in this West Bank town near Bethlehem.
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December 16, 2013 |
A group representing nearly 5,000 U.S. educators has voted to back an academic boycott of Israeli colleges and universities to protest that country's treatment of Palestinians. The American Studies Assn. announced Monday that the results of an online vote - in which about one-quarter of its members participated - overwhelmingly supported the effort intended to draw attention to the effect of Israeli laws on Palestinian academics and students. "People who truly believe in academic freedom would realize protesting the blatant and systemic denial of academic freedom to Palestinians, which is coupled with material deprivation of a staggering scale, far outweighs concerns we in the West might have about our own rather privileged academic freedoms," David Palumbo-Liu, a Stanford University professor, said in a statement.
December 12, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry returned to the Middle East on Thursday for a round of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a continuing effort to help reach a peace deal by spring. Kerry met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday and was expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. The peace negotiations, which resumed during the summer with a May goal for a deal, have seen both sides entrenched in their positions.
December 9, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- In a rare example of regional cooperation, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian officials have signed an agreement aimed at generating new water sources for all three and saving the Dead Sea, a unique nature site and prime economic asset. A memorandum of understanding was signed at the World Bank headquarters in Washington on Monday by the ministers responsible for water in the three governments: Silvan Shalom of Israel, Hazem Nasser of Jordan and Shaddad Attili of the Palestinian Authority.
November 30, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Thousands of Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank demonstrated Saturday against an Israeli government plan that in some cases would relocate Bedouins from traditional lands in the Negev desert to urban communities. Some of the gatherings turned violent, with 28 protesters arrested and at least 15 police officers injured, one of them stabbed. Police fired stun grenades, tear gas and skunk water to disperse demonstrators.
November 21, 2013
Re "Erased by Israel," Opinion, Nov. 18 It is alarming to see educators in this country like UCLA professor Saree Makdisi embrace blatant propaganda in articles about Israel. He uses language intended to imply a form of genocide, referring to Israel's "long-standing wish to erase the Palestinian presence," "acts of eradication," "acts of violence," Israel's desire to "ground an entire people into the dust" and the "suffocation and erasure" of the Palestinian people. The irony is not lost on this reader.
November 13, 2013 |
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.