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.

Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi to Be Released From Israeli Prison News Roundup
Yotam Berger and Jack Khoury, Haaretz

Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi to Be Released From Israeli Prison

Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian teenager convicted of assaulting Israeli soldiers, will be released on Sunday after serving her sentence, her family said Thursday.

on July 27, 2018
After Trump Cuts Aid, U.N. Relief Agency Lays Off Staff in Gaza and West Bank News Roundup
Loveday Morris, The Washington Post

After Trump Cuts Aid, U.N. Relief Agency Lays Off Staff in Gaza and West Bank

The United Nations said Wednesday it had been forced to lay off more than 250 Palestinian employees in Gaza and the West Bank and cut services after the United States slashed hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.

on July 25, 2018
Israel Just Dropped the Pretense of Equality for Palestinian Citizens Op-Eds & Analysis
Yousef Jabareen, Los Angeles Times

Israel Just Dropped the Pretense of Equality for Palestinian Citizens

The Israeli Knesset on Thursday passed into law a bill designed to make a permanent underclass of Palestinian citizens. It threatens to set the country on a course to full-blown Jewish theocracy. The so-called “Jewish nation-state” bill formalizes in Israeli law the superior rights and privileges that Jewish citizens of the state enjoy over its indigenous Palestinian minority, who comprise roughly 20% of the population.

on July 20, 2018
Israel Passes Controversial ‘Jewish Nation-State’ Law News Roundup
Al-Jazeera

Israel Passes Controversial ‘Jewish Nation-State’ Law

Israel's parliament on Thursday adopted a law defining the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it will lead to blatant discrimination against its Palestinian citizens.

on July 19, 2018
The ‘Ultimate Deal’? For Israel, Maybe. We Palestinians Will Never Accept It. Op-Eds & Analysis
Hanan Ashrawi, The Guardian

The ‘Ultimate Deal’? For Israel, Maybe. We Palestinians Will Never Accept It.

The “ultimate deal” suffers from multiple fatal flaws and misconceptions that several successive US administrations have repeatedly failed to recognise. The spirit of the Palestinian people cannot be broken or brought into submission; nor will we ever succumb to external pressure and blackmail.

on July 19, 2018
As Israeli Bulldozers Circle, a Tiny Village Takes Center Stage in Palestinian Struggle News Roundup
Loveday Morris and Sufian Taha, The Washington Post

As Israeli Bulldozers Circle, a Tiny Village Takes Center Stage in Palestinian Struggle

Growing up herding sheep and goats in the hills east of Jerusalem, Eid Jahalin never expected to find himself one day lobbying in the halls of the U.S. Congress. But that is how the 51-year-old spent last week, as the small cluster of shacks he calls his home village comes under threat of demolition by Israeli bulldozers.

on July 11, 2018
Protests Erupt at Bedouin Village Israel Plans to Demolish News Roundup
Ali Sawafta, Reuters

Protests Erupt at Bedouin Village Israel Plans to Demolish

Palestinian protests broke out on Wednesday at a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank facing Israeli demolition in what rights groups have condemned as a bid to expand Jewish settlement.

on July 9, 2018
‘We will still resist’: West Bank Village Digs In As Demolition Looms News Roundup
Ian Lee and Abeer Salman, CNN

‘We will still resist’: West Bank Village Digs In As Demolition Looms

A hair-raising dash across a busy highway is one of two ways of reaching the West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar. The other is to navigate a rugged and barely passable dirt track.

on July 9, 2018
Israeli Forces Assault Palestinians, Prepare to Demolish Village News Roundup
Al-Jazeera

Israeli Forces Assault Palestinians, Prepare to Demolish Village

At least 35 Palestinians wounded as Israeli forces prepare to demolish the entire Khan al-Ahmar village near Jerusalem.

on July 9, 2018