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 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.”

about 4 days ago
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.

about 4 days ago
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.

about 3 weeks ago
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
Israel to be investigated for war crimes in Palestinian Territories, ICC announces News & Analysis
Bel Trew, The Independent

Israel to be investigated for war crimes in Palestinian Territories, ICC announces

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor announced she plans to conduct an investigation into Israeli war crimes committed in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. However, before the inquiry starts, the prosecutor will wait for the ICC to decide over its jurisdiction in West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

on December 20, 2019
The administrative detention of Ubai Aboudi Op-Eds & Analysis
Assaf Kfoury, Haynes Miller, Nasser Rabbat, Raid Suleiman, and Franz-Josef Ulm, Boston Globe

The administrative detention of Ubai Aboudi

Israel’s arbitrary arrests and imprisonment of Palestinians in the occupied territories deters individuals such as Palestinian-American Ubai Aboudi from working toward the development of a Palestinian civil society.

on December 12, 2019
Israel frees two Jordanians held without charge News & Analysis
Al Jazeera

Israel frees two Jordanians held without charge

Hiba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Miri were released from Israeli prison and returned to Jordan after months of detention.

on November 8, 2019
Why did Microsoft fund an Israeli firm that surveils West Bank Palestinians? News & Analysis
Olivia Solon, NBC News

Why did Microsoft fund an Israeli firm that surveils West Bank Palestinians?

Microsoft has invested in a startup that uses facial recognition to surveil Palestinians throughout the West Bank, in spite of the tech giant’s public pledge to avoid using the technology if it encroaches on democratic freedoms.

on October 29, 2019
Americans of color find common cause with Palestinians News Roundup
Cristina Maza, The National

Americans of color find common cause with Palestinians

Americans of color and Palestinians are building on a decades-old connection to create a modern solidarity movement.

on October 18, 2019