West Bank

Will The West Bank Rise Up Again?

After Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail, concerns that ‘pressure cooker’ could spark new intifada.
02/25/2013 - 19:00
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

01/31/2013 - 19:00
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

12/09/2012 - 19:00
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
10/31/2012 - 20:00

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
10/30/2012 - 20:00

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

08/26/2012 - 20:00

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.
05/28/2012 - 20:00
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

05/13/2012 - 20:00

"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

05/02/2012 - 20:00


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

04/30/2012 - 20:00
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
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