West Bank

West Bank

The West Bank is a part of the occupied Palestinian territories that covers 2,270 square miles. It is home to approximately 2.6 million Palestinians. In small areas of the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which was created under the terms of the supposedly interim Oslo Accords during the 1990s, exercises some governing responsibilities but exists under the auspices of the Israeli military. In addition, Israel's separation wall cuts thousands of West Bank Palestinians off from their farmlands, and severely restricts their movement, affecting their access to employment, education, and medical care.

Israeli settlers storm West Bank village, beat residents with sticks and sharp objects News & Analysis
Shatha Hammad, Middle East Eye

Israeli settlers storm West Bank village, beat residents with sticks and sharp objects

Palestinians are trying to stay safe from the coronavirus, but they're not safe from Israeli settler violence. Israeli settlers stormed a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank and injured several residents, resulting in the skull fracture of a middle aged man.

about 2 weeks ago
Palestinians channel protests through dawn prayers News & Analysis
Stephen Farrell and Ali Sawafta, Reuters

Palestinians channel protests through dawn prayers

Palestinians are turning out for early prayers in the occupied West Bank in unprecedented numbers to send a message of resistance to Trump's apartheid plan.

on February 20, 2020
Amazon accused of bias in West Bank settlements News & Analysis
Ilan Ben Zion and Max Harlow, Financial Times

Amazon accused of bias in West Bank settlements

Amazon offers free shipping to illegal, segregated Jewish-only Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. But Palestinian customers who select their address as the Palestinian Territories are subject to shipping and handling fees upwards of $24.

on February 14, 2020
Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in a day as tensions heighten News & Analysis
Al Jazeera

Israeli forces kill 4 Palestinians in a day as tensions heighten

Israeli forces are trying to crush Palestinian protests of the Trump apartheid plan with brute force. They have killed four Palestinians in a span of 24 hours.

on February 6, 2020
Trump plan said to give Israel control over all of Jerusalem and allow for annexation of settlements News & Analysis
Times of Israel

Trump plan said to give Israel control over all of Jerusalem and allow for annexation of settlements

Trump's apartheid plan will be released soon. The laughable plan, concocted by two corrupt right-wing leaders, is dead on arrival, made without even talking to Palestinians. Netanyahu handed Trump Israeli settlers' wish list--annexation of West Bank settlements built on Palestinian land, control over all of Jerusalem--and Trump signed off on it.

on January 24, 2020
Israeli army razes Palestinian home and school in occupied West Bank News & Analysis
Tovah Lazaroff, Jerusalem Post

Israeli army razes Palestinian home and school in occupied West Bank

Israeli forces destroyed a Palestinian home and the foundations of an elementary school in the occupied West Bank. After the destruction of the Rib’i family home, all their possessions were left in a pile outside. "Israel’s planning and building policy is designed to suffocate Palestinian development in their land.”

on January 17, 2020
Israeli soldiers harass family who hung Palestinian flags on the fence of their home News & Analysis
B'Tselem

Israeli soldiers harass family who hung Palestinian flags on the fence of their home

“What's your problem with our flag?" Israeli soldiers harassed the a-Tabib family in the occupied West Bank after they hung Palestinian flags on the fence of their home. Israeli soldiers snatched the flags and took them away.

on January 17, 2020
Israeli Troops Ambush and Shoot Palestinians Hoping to Make a Living News Roundup
Gideon Levy, Haaretz

Israeli Troops Ambush and Shoot Palestinians Hoping to Make a Living

Israeli troops shot 34-year-old Abdullah Abu Tehaimer as he tried to cross Israel's apartheid wall to go to work, to feed his family. He was shot without warning. He was shot the way East German soldiers shot anyone who tried to cross the Berlin Wall.

on January 3, 2020
Bernie Sanders Escalates Attacks on Israel’s ‘Racist’ Netanyahu News Roundup
Paul D. Shinkman, U.S. News and World Report

Bernie Sanders Escalates Attacks on Israel’s ‘Racist’ Netanyahu

Senator Bernie Sanders said this during December's Democratic primary debate: "We must be pro-Palestinian as well...Right now in Israel we have leadership under Netanyahu, who has recently, as you know, been indicted for bribery, who in my view is a racist. What we need is a level playing field in terms of the Middle East which addresses the terrible crisis in Gaza, where 60 or 70 percent of the young people are unemployed."

on December 20, 2019