West Bank

State Department Condemns West Bank Mosque Torching

06/10/2011

 (JTA) -- The United States condemned the torching of a West Bank mosque.

"This attack is the latest of several such acts of violence against West Bank mosques. These incidents have served to undermine efforts to promote a comprehensive peace in the region. We call on the Israeli government to investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice, and for calm from all parties," said Mark Toner, deputy spokesperson for the U.S. State Department.

Obama: 1967 Borders With Swaps Should Serve as Basis for Negotiations

05/19/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Obama said the future state of Palestine should be based on the pre-1967 border with mutually agreed land swaps with Israel.

In his address Thursday afternoon on U.S. policy in the Middle East, Obama told an audience at the State Department that the borders of a "sovereign, nonmilitarized" Palestinian state "should be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps."

Criticism Of Rabbinical Students On Israel Unfair

05/17/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi Daniel Gordis has maligned a generation of rabbinical students as being insufficiently Zionist (“Alienation From Israel Is Hitting Liberal Seminaries,” Editor’s column, May 6). Because I know and respect these students, I find his criticism to be not only inaccurate but also insulting to people who have collectively dedicated their lives to spreading the love of God, Torah, and Israel.

In West Bank, Palestinians Marking Nakba Day Encouraged by Arab Spring in Their Fight Against Israel

05/16/2011
JTA

RAMALLAH, West Bank (JTA) -- Clouds of tear gas hovered over hundreds of rioting Palestinian youths on the road to Jerusalem, where demonstrations marking the anniversary of Israel’s founding 63 years ago turned violent.

“I want a third intifada," said Ala Barghouti, a 21-year-old accounting student, his nostrils stuffed with tissues to keep out the sting of the tear gas. "I hope things do escalate today. A third intifada will help move the Palestinian Authority to improve our political situation.

Barak Presents Plan for Israeli-Palestinian Agreement

05/11/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak presented a plan for an agreement with the Palestinians.

The points could shed some light on the plan that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present when he speaks to a joint session of the U.S. Congress later this month.

Israel will take "brave steps" and "make difficult decisions" for peace, Barak said Tuesday night at a reception for soldiers at the military's headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Palestinians Search For A ‘New Star’

Arab spin on ‘American Idol’ gives performers a chance to show ‘we are not all Hamas.’

05/04/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Kfar al-Khadar, West Bank — It’s 20 minutes before show time and the young hopefuls sit together in clusters around cloth-covered tables. Some of the contestants are silent, internalizing their mood before the cameras start to roll, while others laugh and joke aloud to get their tensions out. With their hair and makeup already perfected and their carefully chosen outfits clean and pressed, there is little else to do except focus on the oversized television screen broadcasting the scene from the stage three floors below.

"New Star" contestant Hadil Rishmawi.

Fayyad Shoved Out In Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal?

Without respected economic reformer, Western aid seen in jeopardy; Bibi trip to D.C. ‘made easier’ by deal.

04/28/2011
Staff Writer

In their quest to form a unity government, the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have apparently shoved aside Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, a move that analysts believe may doom their planned new enterprise.

“It would be very difficult without him,” said Jonathan Spyer, a senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center. “I think [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas will have to take some steps back from this.”

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

Arrest of Two Palestinians for Itamar Killings Can’t Console Fogels’ Kin

04/18/2011
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- They came armed with knives and wire cutters looking for a Jewish target.

It was a Friday night, the Sabbath eve of March 11, and Palestinian teenagers Amjad Awad, 19, and Hakim Awad, 18, both from the Palestinian village of Awarta, hurried through the dark before climbing over the fence of the nearby Jewish settlement of Itamar, in the West Bank.

The first house they entered was empty of people, but they found an M-16, magazines and a flak jacket. They took the material with them.

Next they entered the Fogels’ home.

IDF Closes West Bank for Passover

04/18/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Israel Defense Forces have imposed a general closure on Palestinians in the West Bank during Passover.

The closure went into effect Sunday night at one minute to midnight and will remain in place until late on April 26, following the close of the holiday, according to the Israeli military.

Two Palestinians Teens Arrested in Fogel Family Murder

04/17/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two teenage Palestinians from a West Bank village have been arrested for the murders of five members of the Fogel family of Itamar.

The Israeli military announced Sunday that Israeli security services - including the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security service and police - had arrested two teens from the nearby village of Awarta in connection with the brutal Sabbath eve murder in March.

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