March 6, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israel's decision to launch a pair of "Palestinian-only" bus lines in the West Bank on Monday - presented by the government as a goodwill gesture, assailed by critics as racism, and welcomed by Palestinian riders - is shining a light on the messy situation created by 45 years of military occupation and Jewish settlements in the area. While full and formal peace remains distant, the Jewish and Palestinian populations of the West Bank are so intertwined that daily routines are often shaped in mind-boggling ways.
April 14, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad resigned on Saturday, leaving the Palestinians without one of their most moderate and well-respected voices just as the United States is launching a new push for Mideast peace. A statement from the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said President Mahmoud Abbas met with Fayyad late in the day and accepted his resignation, thanking him for his service. According to the statement, Abbas asked Fayyad to stay in his post until Abbas forms a new government.
December 4, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas returned triumphantly to the West Bank on Sunday, receiving a boisterous welcome from thousands of cheering supporters at a rally celebrating his people's acceptance to the United Nations. An Israeli decision to cut off a cash transfer to the financially troubled Palestinian Authority, following an earlier decision to build thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements, failed to put a damper on the celebrations. But Palestinian officials acknowledged they were undecided on what to do with their newfound status, and were waiting for Israeli elections and new ideas from President Obama before deciding how to proceed.
May 31, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - The Palestinian Authority president has told advisers that as the United States tries to restart Mideast peace talks, he is under intense international pressure to return to negotiations with Israel and drop demands for a Jewish settlement freeze in the West Bank, officials said Wednesday. In a closed meeting, Mahmoud Abbas lamented his difficult choice: Rebuff the Americans and alienate Washington, or cave in and face an uproar at home. Aides say Abbas expects a formal proposal to renew talks from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in coming weeks.
January 14, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Sunday to follow through with plans for settlement construction in a key West Bank area known as E-1 after police evicted scores of Palestinian protesters who had set up a tent camp there. "We will complete the planning, and there will be construction," Netanyahu told Army Radio hours after the eviction, but he cautioned that planning for the new development "will take time. " Netanyahu, who is in the home stretch of an election campaign, moved swiftly against the Palestinian encampment, a new form of grass-roots protest modeled after scores of wildcat outposts set up by Jewish settlers on West Bank hills without government approval.
March 18, 1991 |
It was just before 11 on a mild and sunny morning, not much more than two weeks since the end of war in the Persian Gulf, and life in this Israeli- occupied Palestinian city had the look and feel of prewar normality. The sidewalks were full of people, smiling and chatty. The shops were full of customers, buying blue jeans and sneakers, bread and sweets. The streets were full of Israeli soldiers, patrolling Ramallah in jeeps and armored vehicles, all covered with heavy wire mesh to protect against stones thrown by roving young men in black vinyl jackets.
March 12, 1998 |
The funerals of three Palestinian workers shot and killed by Israeli soldiers brought cries for vengeance yesterday from fellow Palestinians - and grim promises from Israel that force will be met with force. "Blood leads to blood!" white-scarved Palestinian schoolgirls screamed as they marched through the winding streets of Dura, the hometown of three laborers slain Tuesday night at an Israeli roadblock on their way home from jobs in Israel. The deaths set off the West Bank's worst day of violence in months, leaving 32 Palestinians and an Israeli border policeman hurt in clashes yesterday.
November 1, 1989 |
The tax man came calling on Jabra Salsaa yesterday. When he left, he took with him a television, a typewriter and the electric organ on which Salsaa has practiced his favorite arrangements of Bach and Haydn for the last 20 years. Like hundreds of other residents of this picturesque Palestinian town, Salsaa, 53, the organist in the local Roman Catholic Church, has refused to pay taxes to the Israeli military government for two years running. And like the other tax rebels, he has paid dearly for his defiance.
April 20, 1986
The attack against Libya excites praise and condemnation. But the United States would better serve the cause of peace by paying full attention to the matter of the West Bank of the Jordan River, home of Palestinians and at present very much a part of modern Israel. Unrest over the West Bank and Gaza is the basic underlying cause of antagonism between Islamic countries, Israel and the West, which erupts as terrorism. The Arab world may recognize Israel's right to exist if the West Bank can be restored to neutrality or independence with Palestinian residents returned to their homes.
March 2, 1986 |
The Palestinian mayor of the West Bank city of Nablus was shot early today by an unidentified gunman, Israel Army Radio reported. The radio said the mayor, Zafer Masri, was killed in the attack. Military sources who spoke on condition they not be identified said Masri was seriously wounded in the shooting, which they said occurred as he drove in his car through Nablus. A police spokesman said he could not immediately confirm the report because "it was a security matter.