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June 1, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Tension between Palestinian factions exploded in their worst violence in nearly two years as a paramilitary police raid Sunday in the West Bank left six people dead. The clash underscored the risks for the Palestinian Authority as it moves forcefully, with fresh encouragement from President Obama, to disarm militants intent on attacking Israel. Hamas, the Islamic group that governs the Gaza Strip, said the clampdown on one of its armed cells would bring "tough and harsh reprisal" against the U.
December 29, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
For months many Israelis shrugged off the mosque burnings, the uprooted Palestinian olive trees and even the death threats against Jewish leftists. But when young settlers this month vandalized army bases and stoned Israeli soldiers, the question of Jewish terrorism turned into a national emergency. The recent flare-up in settler violence has puzzled many because it comes when there are no peace talks that might lead to land concessions, Palestinian attacks in the West Bank have dropped to new lows, and Israel is led by a conservative government that is expanding settlement construction.
June 5, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux
Abdul Saafan, his wife and 51 children and grandchildren live on a fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, squeezed into two modest homes smack up against a Jewish settlement in the West Bank city of Hebron. Six months ago an enraged settler wounded Abdul Saafan and his son Hosni, who were unarmed, in a shooting near their home. On Thursday, the family welcomed a powerful American guest to hear how he might relieve their fear.
March 16, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Paul Richter and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama heads to Israel this week with quiet hopes, but little real expectation, that by smoothing rough relations he can help restart the Middle East peace effort that went nowhere in his first term. Obama will not carry with him a detailed proposal for how Israelis and Palestinians might resume talks, such as the one he offered in 2010. He instead plans a listening tour in Jerusalem and in Ramallah, West Bank, to solicit views on what the two sides want and to explore what may be possible.
March 21, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager and critically injured another Saturday after a clash between Jewish settlers and Palestinians over a West Bank water well, officials said. It marks some of the worst such violence in more than a year and comes at a time of heightened tensions over Israeli settlements. Feuding between Palestinians and Jewish settlers over a spring at Iraq Burin village near the city of Nablus has occurred almost weekly. Palestinians accuse the settlers of trying to take control of the spring.
April 15, 1988 | United Press International
Palestinians who had traveled to a West Bank military prison to visit relatives clashed today with Israeli soldiers, who shot and wounded at least four Arabs, Palestinian sources said. The incident occurred outside a detention center in the West Bank village of Dhahiriya, Palestinian sources said. The army said it had no information on the incident. There also were demonstrations in at least five other towns and U.N.-run refugee camps in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
April 20, 1988
The Middle East Q & A was very instructive in presenting the Israeli perspective on the present crisis, and its historical background in Gaza and on the West Bank. A similar Middle East Q & A from the Palestinian perspective would be equally instructive, and desirable, for the sake of fairness and balance. MARCIA SIMONSON Los Angeles
March 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Israeli military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israelis would be barred from moving to West Bank settlements slated for evacuation. The army on Friday banned Israelis from relocating to the Gaza Strip. About 9,000 Jewish settlers are to be moved as Israel evacuates all of Gaza and four isolated West Bank settlements beginning in late July.
October 30, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Israel will close schools in the occupied West Bank for two months starting Nov. 13, the occupation authorities announced today. The move means classes will be shut during the first anniversary of the Nov. 15 declaration of a Palestinian state and the second anniversary of the start of the uprising in the occupied territories Dec. 9. The head of the West Bank Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Shaike Erez, said the current academic year, delayed by a prolonged closure of schools, will end Nov.
September 6, 1988 | Times Wire Services
Israeli troops isolated an occupied West Bank town today, closing roads, cutting telephone lines and arresting at least 120 Palestinians suspected of inciting riots, the army and Arab witnesses said. During today's operation in Kalkilya, 55 miles north of Jerusalem, troops discovered stashes of knives, hatchets, clubs and underground leaflets outlawed by Israeli authorities, an army spokesman said.
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