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The West Bank is a landlocked territory near the Mediterranean coast of Western Asia, the bulk of it now under Israeli control, or else under joint Israeli-Palestinian Authority control. The final status of the entire area is yet to be determined by the parties concerned. The West Bank shares boundaries (demarcated by the Jordanian-Israeli armistice of 1949) to the west, north, and south with Israel, and to the east, across the Jordan River, with Jordan. The West Bank also contains a significant section of the western Dead Sea shore.


The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has a land area of 5,640 km2 plus a water area of 220 km2, consisting of the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea. As of July 2015 it has an estimated population of 2,785,366 Palestinians, and approximately 371,000 Israeli settlers, and approximately another 212,000 Jewish Israelis in East Jerusalem. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this. The International Court of Justice advisory ruling (2004) concluded that events that came after the 1967 occupation of the West Bank by Israel, including the Jerusalem Law, Israel's peace treaty with Jordan and the Oslo Accords, did not change the status of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) as occupied territory with Israel as the occupying power.

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February 2018 recorded a slight increase in the scope of the Israeli authorities' demolitions and seizures across the West Bank (37 structures targeted), ... Jabal al Baba and Um al Jmal are two of the Palestinian communities which, in November 2017, received “demarcation orders” issued by the Israeli ...
Palestinian workers show their permits and IDs to Israeli Border Police as they head back to the West Bank after a day of working in Israel. ... been unable to renew their entry permits to Israel and or the settlements because of labor sanctions by employees of Israel's Civil Administration in the West Bank.

An organized transportation system takes students from their homes in the Galilee and Little Triangle area of Arab cities in central Israel to the West Bank. In fact, Israeli Arabs now make up a majority of the student body at AAUJ, the first private Palestinian university. Founded in 2000, the institution is ...
And as Next City has covered, the Palestinian West Bank has been increasingly crowded by the growth of Israeli settlements, like Ariel. In the 1990s, a treaty signed by Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization gave Palestinians control (with various limitations) over a mere 18 percent of the West ...
Millions of tourists come to the West Bank every year, but Israel decides who can visit, and only a small fraction of the tourists ever stay in Palestinian hotels and guesthouses or use Palestinian guides. We visit a Palestinian guesthouse in Sebastia and hear how the owner, Ahmad, manages to remain ...
The Knesset passed legislation on February 12 that applies Israeli law to settler academic institutions in the occupied West Bank, such as Ariel University, founded in an Israeli settlement of the same name near the Palestinian town of Salfit. Simultaneously, the justice ministry is advancing a law that would ...

Over 40 per cent of the graves in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank have been dug on privately owned Palestinian land, according to a ... 600 graves, situated in or near 10 settlements, are built on Palestinian land, including land that has been expropriated for public use or taken by Israel for ...
The Palestinian fled the scene with his back to the fighters, and therefore, they couldn't see that he was carrying a baby in his arms. Such flight is characteristic of rioters who throw stones at soldiers, endangering their lives; they try to flee the scene in order to avoid arrest at any price. Needless to say, had ...
The West Bank, which Israel occupied in 1967, is home to about half a million Jewish settlers, and 2.7 million Palestinian residents. ... of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is the thorniest issue obstructing the resumption of the peace negotiation between Palestine and Israel, the last ...
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday gave the state a three-month extension to evacuate 15 homes built illegally on private Palestinian land in the West Bank outpost of Netiv Ha'avot. The homes were due be evacuated next week, but the state said it needed more time to prepare temporary homes for ...
... Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The Palestine Red Crescent reported that 18 protesters were wounded in clashes with military forces in the West Bank, including one protester who was hit by gunfire, seven who were shot by rubber bullets, and ten who were wounded by inhaling teargas. An Israeli ...
The incident is being reviewed." The killing comes a week after Israeli forces detained more than 30 Palestinians in raids across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and East Jerusalem in 1967. Today, between 600,000 and 750,000 Israeli settlers live in ...
Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem on Feb. ... (JERUSALEM) — The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, ...
The army may recommend to the government to change the security barrier's route in the area where a Palestinian on Friday killed two Israeli soldiers in a car-ramming attack, military sources said. If the barrier is ultimately moved it will split the village of Barta'a in two. The attack on Friday took place near ...
A regular person has barely one father, and who knows if he's his real father, or whether he is hiding somewhere in the building. But the settlers have many real fathers, whose paternity is not in doubt, as surely as if they'd undergone very reliable genetic testing. These merciful patriarchs have land, lots of ...
The Israeli army will be imposing a general closure on the West Bank and on crossing points between the Gaza Strip and Israel for Purim, following ... FILE PHOTO: Israeli security forces stand guard at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah in the West Bank, April 27, 2016. AHMAD ...
Palestinian Authority (PA) security services this week raided tens of Palestinian houses, harassed women and arrested men, including relatives of Palestinian MPs, Quds Net reported. In Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, the PA security services stormed the home of Nidaa Dweek, daughter of ...

The so-called COGAT is a unit in the Israeli military that engages in coordinating civilian issues between the Israeli regime, the Israeli military, international organizations, diplomats and the Palestinian Authority. The report also said that at least 44 schools have pending demolition orders in the area.
Beirut, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the arrest of Palestinian journalist Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh. Israeli security forces arrested Shalaldeh, a reporter for the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network, at his home in the southern West Bank town of Sa'ir, on February ...
In theory, Jewish settlements in the West Bank constitute one of Israel's seven administrative districts. ... Areas A, B and C – as stipulated in the Oslo Accords, which divided up the parts of the West Bank would be, respectively, under Israeli, Palestinian or shared control until a final peace deal is achieved.
Israeli forces rounded up 29 Palestinians in overnight raids across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian activists. Israeli forces raided several homes in the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem in southern West Bank and detained seven people, Qadura Fares, head of the Palestinian ...
The mob attack in the West Bank town of Jenin on two Israel Defense Forces soldiers should be considered as a warning sign for the possible outbreak of a new intifada. ... The soldier was in a military vehicle that took a wrong turn and found herself, along with a male soldier, in the Palestinian town.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Anti-Arab graffiti was painted on several cars in a Palestinian village in the West Bank. Six cars were vandalized in the attack in the village of Jit in the northern West Bank near Nablus. The tires on three of the cars also were slashed, according to reports. It is the second such incident ...
White House spokesperson Josh Raffel said, "Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false. The United States and Israel have never discussed such a proposal, and the President's focus remains squarely on his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.".
Two Israeli soldiers who accidentally entered the West Bank city of Jenin on Monday were attacked by Palestinian residents, the military said. ... the interference of Palestinian security, this situation could have ended with a lynching and a serious threat to the safety of the soldiers," an Israel Defense Forces ...
[L]et's be honest: if Iran is an issue of existential importance, so is the future of the West Bank as a whole, not only from the perspective of defense but also in terms of Israel's future character as a nation. As for Jerusalem and the settlements, they are of supreme ideological importance. A large majority of the ...
President Donald Trump has warned Israel that its West Bank settlements risk complicating efforts to find peace in the Middle East. In an interview published on Sunday, Mr Trump also told an Israeli newspaper that he was sceptical that either side - Palestinians or Israelis - were ready to make peace.
This way, Jerusalem can indeed become the joint capital for Palestine and Israel. Judging by the bitter and frustrating experiences over the past half century of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, I don't quite see Israel withdrawing from the occupied Palestinian territories by peace ...
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed support Saturday in Ramallah for an independent Palestine and said he hoped for the return of peace to the region, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on India to support multicountry sponsorship of future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Israeli settlers have attempted to abduct two Palestinian children in the village of Madma to the south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Quds Press has reported. A member of the village council Talaat Ziyadeh said that a group of settlers descended from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar, raided the village and ...
A number of Israeli politicians, including coalition government members, yesterday called for the annexation of settlements in the occupied West Bank in a conference, reported the Jerusalem Post. According to the paper, “cabinet ministers, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and other MKs” declared that “the ...
Meanwhile, hundreds of Israelis gathered in the settlement of Har Bracha in the northern West Bank Tuesday for the funeral of Itamar Ben Gal, 29, who was killed Monday in a stabbing attack. Meanwhile, Israeli security forces say the search for the attacker has expanded. Over 300 people attended the ...
The document also states that Jerusalem's status will be determined only in negotiations, and that Germany will work to fund UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, on top of reforms at the organization. The draft also condemns calls for violence and incitement, and explicitly supports Israel's right ...
European Union officials are calling on Israel to rebuild two classrooms demolished at an EU-funded school in the West Bank Sunday due to a ... and the West Bank issued a statement Tuesday expressing "strong concern" about the demolition of the classrooms, built at a Palestinian school near Jerusalem.
They blocked main roads and shut down the Huwwara checkpoint, Wafa reported. Also on Tuesday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Palestinian 22-year-old Ahmad Jarrar in a pre-dawn raid in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. Israel had accused Jarrar, who had gone into hiding for several weeks, ...
... was killed by Israeli security forces early in a raid Tuesday morning in the West Bank village of Yamun near Jenin, Israeli security forces say. Clashes erupted in the village between dozens of Palestinians and Israeli forces following the raid. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, two Palestinians ...
Tens of thousands of Bedouin, once nomads, live in villages across the desert region of southern Israel and in the West Bank. It was the fifth time the school has been demolished since 2016, Palestinian officials said. Residents, with the help of non-government organisations and EU funding, reconstruct it ...
The Danish parliament voted this week to exclude Jewish settlements in the West Bank from bilateral agreements with Israel. In addition, it was ... It was also stressed that Denmark supports the two-state solution and the role of Israeli and Palestinian civil society organizations in promoting it. Public Security ...
The number of Palestinians who support a renewed round of violence against Israel has almost doubled since President Donald Trump's decision to order the ... forces following a demonstration calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, on January 13, 2018, in the West Bank village of ...
Israel's Council for Higher Education has backed the proposed application of Israeli law to colleges and universities in West Bank settlements, Haaretz has reported. A member of the council spoke at the Knesset Education, Culture and Sports Committee on Wednesday, where a panel approved a bill that ...
Former Zionist Union MK Manuel Trajtenberg, a former head of the council's planning and budgeting committee, told Haaretz the bill would violate the agreements with the European Union on preserving a separation between academic institutions in Israel and the West Bank. This could cause the EU to ...
Three people were killed overnight in a car crash in the West Bank: a 12-year-old Israeli girl and her 8-year-old Israeli brother, and a Palestinian man. They were killed early when an Israeli car crashed into a Palestinian vehicle in the northern West Bank. Eight others were injured in the accident, four ...
An unusual event took place in the Ofer military court in the West Bank last Wednesday. ... Haaretz asked the Israel Defense Forces spokesperson how long the military court has permitted the distribution of press releases and political propaganda, and whether all political organizations are allowed to do so ...
One can't help but wonder whether Israel has accurate information about the Iranian intervention, question the timing of these accusations and doubt the nature of Iran's growing influence among the Palestinians. Maj. Gen. Wasef Erekat, a Palestinian military expert in the West Bank and former artillery unit ...
Despite the calls of many cabinet minsters last week to retroactively authorize the West Bank outpost of Havat Gilad, following the terror attack that killed one of its residents, security sources say it cannot be legalized because it is mostly constructed on private Palestinian land. Rabbi Raziel Shevach was ...
The Israeli Ministry of Defense is “working on a plan to legalize 70 unauthorized outposts in occupied Palestinian West Bank,” the Jerusalem Post has revealed, according to Days of Palestine. Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan reportedly discussed the plan in a Jewish Home faction meeting at the ...
JENIN, West Bank, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Armed clashes broke out between Palestinian militants and an Israeli military force in the northern West Bank city of Jenin late on Wednesday, Palestinian and Israeli security sources said. Palestinian sources told Xinhua that the clashes erupted when an Israeli ...
And then, if we surrendered to the dream of a Greater Israel, Israel would not be able to remain Jewish and democratic. ... here, there will be an Arab government here, which according to a relatively optimistic forecast would resemble the corrupt dictatorship of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But it's ...
To some she's a modern-day Joan of Arc. Others call her "Shirley Temper", a play on Hollywood child actor Shirley Temple, claiming she is a star of staged Palestinian propaganda. At 16, Ahed Tamimi is now a famous Palestinian prisoner, arrested by Israel in December on charges of assaulting a soldier ...
Palestinians in the West Bank are finally getting high-speed mobile data services, after a yearslong Israeli ban that cost their fragile economy hundreds of millions of dollars, impeded tech start-ups and denied them simple conveniences enjoyed by the rest of the world. Palestinian cell phone providers ...


 

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