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.

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
Prison systems in the US and Israel have something in common News & Analysis
Cristina Maza, Al Jazeera English

Prison systems in the US and Israel have something in common

Activists say private companies are profiting from the incarceration of racially profiled groups in the US and Israel.

on October 3, 2019
Diaries of Childhood in Israeli Military Detention News Roundup
Megha Mohan, BBC News

Diaries of Childhood in Israeli Military Detention

Palestinian children living under occupation are routinely ripped from their beds in the middle of the night by armed Israeli soldiers, placed under arrest and then tried in military courts. Israel is believed to be the only country that tries children that way.

on August 30, 2019
‘This Place Is Only for Jews’: The West Bank’s Apartheid Springs News Roundup
Gideon Levy, Haaretz

‘This Place Is Only for Jews’: The West Bank’s Apartheid Springs

Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of springs in the occupied West Bank, all of them on private Palestinian land, and are keeping the owners away.

on August 30, 2019