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March 19, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - As Israelis roll out new red carpet and line streets with American flags for President Obama's visit, the U.S. leader faces a decidedly less enthusiastic reception in the West Bank, where the mood ranges from ho-hum to don't come. On Tuesday, dozens of protesters called on Obama to cancel visits to Ramallah and Bethlehem, complaining that the president had failed to do enough to bring them statehood. Posters of Obama that had been hung along the streets of Ramallah in recent days were defaced Tuesday with spray-painted Xs or, in one case, a swastika.
May 18, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
MALEH, West Bank - In remote Palestinian villages of the northern Jordan Valley, children read by gas lamp, and water must be purchased from miles away, even when electricity lines and water pipes to Israeli settlements run directly past their homes. Near Nablus, a Palestinian farmer whose home is nearly surrounded by Jewish communities says settlers frequently harass him, digging up crops, and once poisoning his cow. And in Khader, south of Jerusalem, a carjacker once escaped Palestinian police by simply crossing the street into a part of town under Israeli jurisdiction.
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 25, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
An Israeli man was killed and three others wounded Sunday when a Palestinian security officer opened fire on a convoy of ultra-Orthodox Jewish worshippers who had entered a religious site in a Palestinian-administered area without permission and then ignored orders to stop, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Jewish worshippers were attempting to make an unauthorized predawn pilgrimage to Joseph's Tomb, located in the West Bank city of Nablus. The incident threatened to further heighten tensions in the West Bank between Jewish settlers and Palestinians.
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
April 18, 2011 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
Israeli security officials said Sunday that they had arrested two Palestinian teenagers as suspects in the grisly slayings last month of five members of a Jewish family, including three children, as they slept in their West Bank settlement home. Military officials said Hakim Awad, 17, and Amjad Awad, 18, who are cousins, confessed to the killings. Local Palestinian officials said they suspected the confessions were coerced and complained that the two students had not had access to attorneys or family members.
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.
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