Tag: Palestinians

Bomb Kills Israeli Girl, 17, at a West Bank Oasis

JERUSALEM — An Israeli teenager was killed and her father and brother were wounded on Friday when a homemade bomb exploded near a natural spring in the occupied West Bank, one of many small oases where Palestinians and Israelis seek to cool off but that have become hot spots in the conflict. Government officials declared […]

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How the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process Became a Farce

Last week’s ugly mess involving the abortive visit to Israel of two Democratic congresswomen was useful for only one reason: It exposed how much the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has become a pathetic festival of magical thinking, performance art, reality denial, political fund-raising and outright political fraud. It’s become about everything except what it needs to […]

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Palestinian Authority Bans Activities by Gay Rights Group

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian gay and transgender rights group vowed on Monday to continue its activities after the Palestinian Authority police barred the group from holding events in the West Bank and threatened to arrest participants. The Palestinian Authority police, who exercise control in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, announced the ban over the […]

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In Tlaib’s Ancestral Village, a Grandmother Weathers a Global Political Storm

BEIT UR AL-FOUQA, West Bank — In a small stone house on the edge of a sleepy Palestinian village near Ramallah, an elderly woman ran a string of wooden worry beads through her gnarled fingers on Friday, silently reciting the 99 names of Allah, almost oblivious to the maelstrom of world politics swirling around her […]

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What Are Trump and Netanyahu Afraid Of?

It is difficult to stomach the notion that an American president would put pressure on Israel to deny entry to two members of the United States Congress. There are not many traditions of decorum that President Trump has not trampled on since entering the White House. But to put at risk, so cynically, America’s special […]

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Trump Urges Israel to Block Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

JERUSALEM — President Trump called on Thursday for Israel to bar the entry of two American congresswomen who had planned to visit the West Bank, taking an extraordinary step to influence an allied nation and punish his political opponents at home. It was reported last week that Mr. Trump was pressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu […]

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Trump Presses Israel to Block Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

JERUSALEM — President Trump called on Thursday for Israel to bar the entry of two American congresswomen who had planned to visit the West Bank, in an extraordinary step to influence an allied nation and punish his political opponents at home. It had been reported last week that Mr. Trump was pressuring Prime Minister Benjamin […]

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Israel Weighs Blocking Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from West Bank Visit

JERUSALEM — Israel is weighing whether to deny entry to two United States congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, for a planned visit to the West Bank, Israeli officials said on Thursday. Both women have been vocal in their support of the Palestinians and the boycott-Israel movement. An Israeli official said there was a possibility […]

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Israeli Military Kills 4 Armed Palestinian Militants at Gaza Border

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinian militants near the Gaza border fence after one tossed a hand grenade at Israeli troops on Saturday, the military said. The men were armed with assault rifles, anti-tank missiles and other hand grenades, the Israeli military said on Twitter. The Israeli military posted images of the […]

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Does Anyone Take the B.D.S. Movement Seriously?

In recent years, the debate surrounding the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel over its treatment of Palestinians has expanded from food co-ops and university department meetings to the House of Representatives. Alas, it has not improved in clarity — if anything, this latest round shows that for both sides, the Boycott, Divestment […]

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Is B.D.S. Anti-Semitic? A Closer Look at the Boycott Israel Campaign

JERUSALEM — In a matter of months, a campaign to boycott Israel has moved from the margins of politics — liberal college campuses and protest marches — to Congress, where the freshman representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have become its most vocal backers, drawing fire from the White House. On […]

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House Overwhelmingly Condemns Movement to Boycott Israel

WASHINGTON — The House, brushing aside Democratic voices of dissent over American policy in the Middle East, on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the boycott-Israel movement as one that “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.” The 398-to-17 vote, with five […]

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Israel Begins Tearing Down Palestinian Housing on Edge of East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli bulldozers arrived before dawn on Monday and began clawing at the first of 10 Palestinian apartment blocks that were slated for demolition because the government said they were illegally built too close to its security barrier in a Palestinian area of the West Bank abutting Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem. Israel’s minister of strategic […]

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Touring the Israeli Occupation: Young U.S. Jews Get an Unflinching View

PSAGOT, West Bank — The fun was over before the tour bus rolled into Har Gilo. For the past week, 28 college students from the United States had been taking part in a traveling experiment billed as an alternative to Birthright Israel, whose free trips to the country have become a rite of passage for […]

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Who Is a Bigger Threat to His Democracy: Bibi or Trump?

On Sept. 17, Israel will hold its second national election in less than six months. From afar, it looks like just a rerun of the election on April 9, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu narrowly won — but was unable to put together a ruling coalition afterward. Do not be fooled. This is not a […]

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West Bank Grows Calmer as Pocketbook Issues Take Priority Over Protests

BILIN, West Bank — On a recent weekday, Muhammad Abu Rahma returned to the place where Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers used to clash in weekly confrontations that made the West Bank village of Bilin a symbol of resistance against the Israeli occupation. But this time, he came not to protest but to picnic with […]

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Palestinian Who Attended Bahrain Conference Is Arrested in West Bank

JERUSALEM — About a dozen Palestinian businessmen defied the official Palestinian boycott of the Trump administration’s economic conference in Bahrain this past week. Once there, most of them tried to maintain a low profile and keep their names out of the news media. But officers of the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service arrested one of […]

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Son of an Ohio Steelworker, Now Palestinian Envoy to the U.N.

UNITED NATIONS — The life of Riyad H. Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, has been shaped by the conflict with Israel. But he is also a child of the American antiwar movement. His father, a Palestinian refugee, came to the United States in the 1950s, found employment as an Ohio steelworker and […]

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Jared Kushner’s Middle East Development Project

The slick promotional publication, titled “Peace to Prosperity,” described a $50 billion investment surge in the Palestinian economy over the next decade, like a fantastical New York real estate promotion. Palestinians certainly could use the investment and jobs in their economically depressed communities, where unemployment last year was 31 percent. The publication touted what was […]

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In Bahrain, Gaza Is Pitched as a ‘Hot I.P.O.’ Many Palestinians Aren’t Buying It.

MANAMA, Bahrain — Judged on its own terms, the White House-led conference on improving the lives of Palestinians, staged this week in Bahrain as the first step toward a long-promised American peace plan, was a smashing success. It proved that the Israel-Palestinian conflict “actually is a solvable problem, economically,” Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and […]

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