West Bank

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

Mandy Patinkin Backs Actor Boycott Of Settlements During Israel Trip

05/14/2012

"Homeland" star Mandy Patinkin expressed solidarity with Israeli actors who refuse to perform in West Bank settlements.

Patinkin, who is in Israel to film the second season of the award-winning Showtime drama "Homeland," spent part of last week touring the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem with the organization Peace Now. He spoke at a Peace Now conference last Friday attended by about 700 participants.

Methodists Reject Israel-Trade Divestment Measure, Favor West Bank Boycott

05/03/2012

 

The general conference of the United Methodist Church voted not to divest from three companies that trade with Israel.

Two-thirds of the approximately 1,000 delegates to the conference voted Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., against a motion to divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett-Packard.

Divestment advocates claim that products manufactured by these companies are used to repress Palestinians.

New Directions In Assault On Israel’s Legitimacy

05/01/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

There is an old saying that generals prepare to fight the last war. Those of us engaged in defense against the assault on Israel’s legitimacy cannot afford to fall into this trap. We must accurately assess the evolving strategies and tactics employed by anti-Israel activists who seek to portray the Jewish state as a rogue nation, the 21st-century equivalent of apartheid South Africa, often urging the use of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanctions) as punishment for Israel’s misdeeds. 

Martin Raffel

Fallout From ‘Flytilla’ Incident

Israelis debate actions of IDF soldier caught on video striking a Danish protestor.

04/17/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Video images of a high-ranking Israeli army officer striking a pro-Palestinian demonstrator with the butt of his M-16 rifle touched off a storm of controversy in Israel this week, prompting a round of condemnation by politicians and a spate of soul searching among commentators.

An IDF officer restrains a protestor during a Palestinian bicycle rally in the West Bank.

Four Palestinians Carrying 12 Bombs Intercepted At Jenin-Area Checkpoint

01/09/2012

Four Palestinians attempting to enter Israel through a West Bank checkpoint with a gun, a knife and a dozen bombs were arrested.

The men, who also were carrying a gun and a knife, were suspected of being on their way to carry out a terror attack, according to reports. The location of their target was unknown. They were attempting to enter Israel through a checkpoint near Jenin.

The suspects are being questioned by the military.

Amid Settler Crackdown, Hilltop Town And Its Yeshiva Still Defiant

As new anti-vigilante measures take hold, officials in Yitzhar increasingly in the government’s cross-hairs.

12/20/2011
Israel Correspondent

Yitzhar, West Bank — “Revenge junction,” reads the graffiti scrawled on a road sign marking the turnoff to this mountaintop Jewish settlement. It is perhaps a telling welcome to a town and local yeshiva considered by Israel’s government as a nest of young, radical right-wing vigilantes.

In the week since an Israeli military base was attacked and Palestinians were stoned by dozens of settlement sympathizers, Israelis have been up in arms amid allegations of growing lawlessness among hard-line Jewish settlements and the smaller outposts.

The Od Yosef Chai seminary in Yitzhar.

Jordan's King Supports Palestinian Statehood in West Bank Visit

11/22/2011

 

Jordan's King Abdullah visited the West Bank for the first time in more than a decade to demonstrate support for the Palestinians' statehood bid in the United Nations.

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