West Bank

Mideast Policy Enters Mayoral Race

Anthony Weiner's path to a political comeback has detoured through the West Bank.

06/27/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

One day after a poll showed Anthony Weiner leading the field of Democrats for mayor, a testy exchange about Israel's territories is raising the question of whether Israeli politics will become an issue in the mayoral race for a candidate who as a congressman represented one of the most Jewish districts in the nation.

Anthony Weiner marches in Celebrate Israel Parade and greets Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Jacob Kornbluh

Shots Fired At Hikers, Capping Violent Week In West Bank

04/30/2013

Shots were fired at the car of several Israeli hikers in the West Bank Thursday night.

The hikers were near the settlement of Mitzpe Yericho in the Binyamin region next to the Palestinian city of Jericho when the attack occurred. They reportedly ran to their car when they noticed a suspicious man approaching them. Shots were fired at the car as they drove away, according to reports.

The Israeli army was searching for the attacker, which the IDF Spokespersons office said in a tweet was a Palestinian. It is believed to have been a terrorist attack, according to reports. A European tourist was among the hikers.

The attack came around the same time as a mortar was fired from Gaza at southern Israel. There were no reports of damage or injury.  It is the third explosive fired from Gaza at Israel this week

On Tuesday, a Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank.

Eviatar Borovsky, 31, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was killed as he waited for a bus at the Tapuach Junction.

Israel Closes West Bank For Passover

03/25/2013

 

The Israeli military imposed a general closure of the West Bank through the end of Passover.

The closure went into effect at midnight Sunday and will remain into effect until the night of April 2, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. It was ordered by the minister of defense in accordance with IDF assessments, the statement said.

Those in need of medical attention or humanitarian aid, or in exceptional cases, will be allowed to leave the West Bank with the authorization of the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.

Will The West Bank Rise Up Again?

After Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail, concerns that ‘pressure cooker’ could spark new intifada.

02/26/2013
Israel Correspondent

Sair, West Bank — The air was thick with militancy and talk of a new intifada on Monday as thousands of Palestinian mourners crammed the central square of this village to pay respects to Arafat Jaradat, who died in an Israeli security jail over the weekend. 

Thousands of Palestinians gathered to mourn Arafat Jaradat and call for a new intifada. Joshua Mitnick

Super Bowl Ad For West Bank Manufacturer Spurs Boycott Calls

02/01/2013
Staff Writer

SodaStream, an Israeli maker of devices that carbonate beverages with a manufacturing plant in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, plans to run a TV commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl, prompting calls for a boycott of the product by the Interfaith Boycott Coalition.

SodaStream has a factory in the West Bank. Fotolia

Kevin Bermeister: Israel's Growth Requires E1 Construction

12/10/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Open your eyes and see the fires burning in Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Lebanon, whilst Israel’s economic development marches forward relentlessly. While Jerusalem is on track to becoming a world city as the principal hub of tourism to the Middle East and Damascus, both Cairo and Beirut are crippled and simply unable to respond. In competitive terms, it’s as if all of Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Androids ceased operating just when Nokia began to produce their best products.

Kevin Bermeister is the founder of Jerusalem 5800 (www.jerusalem5800.com), a master plan for Jerusalem through the year 2050.

Settlers Battle Security Forces During Outpost Razing

Police, IDF forces evacuated HaSruga near Yitzhar early Thursday morning

11/01/2012

Israeli settlers rioted and battled security forces during the razing of a West Bank outpost.

The settlers threw stones and rolled burning tires at police and Israel Defense Forces soldiers during the early Thursday morning evacuation of the HaSruga outpost located near the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, south of Nablus.

Some settlers reportedly also entered Palestinian villages in the area.

New Outposts Built In West Bank

Settlements First To Have Municipal Approval Since 2005

10/31/2012

Two new settler outposts have been erected in the West Bank, with the approval of municipal authorities, Peace Now says.

The two outposts include mobile homes, infrastructure, electricity, water and roads, and even air conditioning, the Israeli organization said Wednesday in a report published on its website.

Israel Denies Pro-Palestinian Activists Entry to West Bank

08/27/2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Pro-Palestinian activists were denied entry into the West Bank from Jordan by Israeli authorities.

The some 100 members of the "Welcome to Palestine" movement attempted to cross into the West Bank Sunday via the Allenby Bridge.

The activists said they were carrying one ton of school supplies to give to Palestinian children in Bethlehem-area refugee camps, the Associated Press reported.

Simmering On The West Bank

In ‘Food and Fadwa,’ a Palestinian family has a lot to digest.

05/29/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Food sums up the culture and history of a people. Just ask the Palestinian family in Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader’s seriocomic new play, “Food and Fadwa,” which opens Off-Broadway in the East Village next week. Even as they struggle with life in the West Bank under the Israeli occupation, the family remains bound together by the food that they prepare and eat together. The groundbreaking production is the first by the Noor Theatre Company, an Arab-American collective sponsored by the New York Theatre Workshop.

Issaq with co-author Jacob Kader. Joan Marcus
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