Democracy for Palestinians? Wave of election talk rekindles hope.

The four-year terms of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, elected in 2005, and the Palestinian parliament have long expired. A generation of young Palestinians have not had the chance to cast a vote for national office. There are many reasons for their frustration, not least of which is the infighting between Mr. Abbas’ Fatah party and its rival Hamas. Repeated efforts at compromise have failed despite overwhelming public sentiment on behalf of reconciliation. But a steady stream of pronouncements has put the topic of elections back in the national dialogue, and the two rivals have agreed in principle to hold ... Read more

How Humanitarian Aid Became Politicized

Palestinian schoolboys walk past sacks of flour outside an aid distribution center run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, in December of 2018.  (Photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) In January of 2018, President Donald Trump tweeted, “…we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.” Later that month, the Trump administration announced that it would cut over $65 million in aid—not to the Palestinian Authority, but to Palestinian refugees. Thanks for watching!Visit Website The $65 million came out of the budget of the United Nations agency ... Read more

Military court convicts Palestinian man of murdering Israeli soldier – Israel News

An Israeli military court convicted a 32-year-old Palestinian man of first degree murder on Sunday in the killing of a soldier last May, an IDF spokesperson said. Islam Mohammed Yousef Naji, a resident of a refugee camp near Ramallah, was arrested in July after intelligence suggested he threw the marble slab that led to the death of Ronen Lubarsky, from the elite Duvdevan unit, on May 24, 2018. The three military judges convicted Naji in a unanimous decision based on his confession. His sentencing will be given at a later date. According to the Shin Bet, Naji’s brother was a Hamas ... Read more

Palestinian attacker kills Israeli in West Bank: military

Israeli forensic police inspect the scene of Palestinian shooting attack near the Jewish settlement of Ariel, in the occupied West Bank March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad JERUSALEM (Reuters) – At least one Israeli was killed and two others were wounded in a Palestinian attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, a military spokesman said. The incident began when a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier at an intersection near the Jewish settlement of Ariel and grabbed his assault rifle, the spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, said on a conference call with journalists. The assailant used the weapon to fire at three ... Read more

Military: West Bank shooting spree kills 1 Israeli, wounds 2

A Palestinian killed an Israeli and seriously wounded two others in a West Bank shooting and stabbing spree Sunday before fleeing and setting off a massive manhunt, the Israeli military said. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said the attacker stabbed an Israeli soldier at the entrance to the Ariel settlement, southwest of the Palestinian city of Nablus, and then took his assault rifle. He then opened fire toward several passing vehicles, striking civilians. Another car slowed to a stop and the attacker then boarded it and sped away, firing toward soldiers along the way before escaping into a nearly Palestinian village. ... Read more

Palestinian shot dead after running at soldiers with knife: Israeli military

Israeli border police officers stand guard at an entrance door leading to the compound housing al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Ammar Awad JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man after he ran toward them with a knife in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the military said. In the walled Old City of Jerusalem, Israeli police said a firebomb was thrown at a police post, damaging the structure in a sacred compound revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount. Scuffles broke out at the complex between ... Read more

Car rams into Israeli troops, Palestinian attackers killed: military

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Three Palestinians deliberately drove a car into Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank on Monday and two of the attackers were shot dead after critically injuring an officer, the Israeli military said. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said the two men were shot in cold blood in “a brutal execution”. Describing the incident as a car-ramming, the military said a third Palestinian in the vehicle was wounded after the troops opened fire. Palestinians, many of them individuals without known associations with militant groups, carried out a wave of car-rammings in the West Bank in late 2015 and ... Read more