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# west-bank - Monday 16 June, 2014

Israel arrests Palestinian politician in giant manhunt for kidnapped teenagers
# Tensions
# Tensions

Israel arrests Palestinian politician in giant manhunt for kidnapped teenagers

Jun 16th 2014, 7:58 AM 6,013 Views 164 Comments

More than 150 Palestinians have been arrested in the search for the three teenagers who were snatched from a settlement on Thursday night.

# west-bank - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Israel blames Hamas for teens' kidnapping as massive search enters third day
# West Bank
# West Bank

Israel blames Hamas for teens' kidnapping as massive search enters third day

Jun 15th 2014, 5:01 PM 7,357 Views 131 Comments

Troops carried out their biggest arrest operation in years last night, detaining 80 Palestinians.

# west-bank - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

Israel cancels plans to build 20,000 settler homes in the West Bank
# West Bank
# West Bank

Israel cancels plans to build 20,000 settler homes in the West Bank

Nov 12th 2013, 10:50 PM 14,293 Views 54 Comments

Prime Minsiter Benjamin Netanyahu said the plan had created “unnecessary confrontation with the international community” after the US expressed “deep concern”.

# west-bank - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Taken from their home, blindfolded and interrogated - for 'throwing stones'
# Child Detention
# Child Detention

Taken from their home, blindfolded and interrogated - for 'throwing stones'

Nov 2nd 2013, 9:15 AM 22,444 Views 108 Comments

A roundtable event yesterday heard the story of these two brothers, who live in Palestine’s West Bank.

Israeli settlements in Palestine 'single biggest obstruction to peace'
# Palestine
# Palestine

Israeli settlements in Palestine 'single biggest obstruction to peace'

Nov 2nd 2013, 7:30 AM 4,707 Views 116 Comments

Following a visit to Palestine, Irish MEP Emer Costello said the rapid expansion of these settlements was resulting in “the death of so many communities”.

# west-bank - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Dublin MEP forbidden from travelling to Gaza
# No Pasaran
# No Pasaran

Dublin MEP forbidden from travelling to Gaza

Oct 26th 2013, 7:45 AM 9,023 Views 142 Comments

“We were absolutely dumbfounded,” Labour MEP Emer Costello said.

# west-bank - Friday 19 July, 2013

Following talks, Israel and Palestine agree to talks
# Middle East
# Middle East

Following talks, Israel and Palestine agree to talks

Jul 19th 2013, 9:55 PM 4,416 Views 48 Comments

Both Israel and the Palestinian presidency welcomed the development, but the Islamist Hamas movement rejected a return to talks which have been brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

# west-bank - Sunday 26 May, 2013

Kerry set to unveil plan for West Bank economy
# West Bank
# West Bank

Kerry set to unveil plan for West Bank economy

May 26th 2013, 5:26 PM 5,305 Views 23 Comments

The US Secretary of State is tasked with presenting a economic plan to attract tourism and private sector investment into the West Bank.

# west-bank - Saturday 11 May, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week
# You Told Us
# You Told Us

Top readers' comments of the week

May 11th 2013, 11:00 AM 9,975 Views 14 Comments

Here’s our round-up of the best, the most interesting and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?

# west-bank - Thursday 9 May, 2013

Israel approves 296 West Bank settler homes
# West Bank
# West Bank

Israel approves 296 West Bank settler homes

May 9th 2013, 8:36 AM 5,868 Views 192 Comments

The announcement comes just two days after Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a freeze on tenders for new settler homes in a bid to give a chance to US-led efforts to revive peace talks.

# west-bank - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Israel PM freezes tenders for new West Bank settler homes
# West Bank
# West Bank

Israel PM freezes tenders for new West Bank settler homes

May 7th 2013, 8:37 AM 3,881 Views 119 Comments

Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze on publishing tenders for new West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US efforts to renew peace talks, according to Israeli army radio reports.

# west-bank - Sunday 28 April, 2013

Column: The EU must do more to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The EU must do more to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

Apr 28th 2013, 12:15 PM 13 Views 49 Comments

The EU has considerable leverage in the region, yet is taking a back-seat to the US – which dithers as relations in the region break-down. It’s time for a change, writes Emer Costello MEP.

# west-bank - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Obama to visit Israel in first foreign trip since re-election
# Middle East
# Middle East

Obama to visit Israel in first foreign trip since re-election

Mar 20th 2013, 8:25 AM 2,969 Views 50 Comments

The US President will arrive in Tel Aviv to inspect a rocket-and-mortar defence system produced by Israel with American assistance.

# west-bank - Sunday 13 January, 2013

Photos: Israel evicts Palestinians from West Bank protest site
# Tensions
# Tensions

Photos: Israel evicts Palestinians from West Bank protest site

Jan 13th 2013, 3:18 PM 5,002 Views 66 Comments

Dozens of protesters were evicted from the first-of-its-kind protest camp in an area slated for Jewish settlement.

# west-bank - Friday 4 January, 2013

PHOTOS: Hamas allows huge Fatah rally in Gaza - the first since 2007
# Palestinian
# Palestinian

PHOTOS: Hamas allows huge Fatah rally in Gaza - the first since 2007

Jan 4th 2013, 7:28 PM 4,927 Views 14 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Fatah attended the mass rally – the first since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

# west-bank - Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Financially-strapped Palestine asks Arab nations to stump up cash
# Middle East
# Middle East

Financially-strapped Palestine asks Arab nations to stump up cash

Jan 2nd 2013, 4:06 PM 5,439 Views 26 Comments

Israel has withheld the usual instalments of tax revenue since Palestine successfully won observer status at the UN.

# west-bank - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Column: ‘The US is no longer the key power broker in the Gaza conflict’
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: ‘The US is no longer the key power broker in the Gaza conflict’

Dec 6th 2012, 9:00 PM 23 Views 36 Comments

While the outbreak of violence in the Middle East is nothing new, Hillary Clinton’s willingness to engage with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leadership certainly is, writes Dr Vincent Durac.

# west-bank - Friday 30 November, 2012

Israel announces plan for 3,000 new settler homes after UN vote
# Israel
# Israel

Israel announces plan for 3,000 new settler homes after UN vote

Nov 30th 2012, 5:57 PM 7,999 Views 115 Comments

Construction is expected to be in the highly contentious area of the West Bank known as E1, a corridor that runs between the easternmost edge of annexed east Jerusalem and the Maaleh Adumim settlement.

# west-bank - Sunday 4 November, 2012

Palestinian leader violates taboo on refugees
# Israel Palestine
# Israel Palestine

Palestinian leader violates taboo on refugees

Nov 4th 2012, 6:49 PM 7,512 Views 58 Comments

Mahmoud Abbas has publicly suggested his people may have to relinquish claims to ancestral homes in Israel.

# west-bank - Saturday 20 October, 2012

West Bank Palestinians voting in first election for six years
# Palestine
# Palestine

West Bank Palestinians voting in first election for six years

Oct 20th 2012, 4:20 PM 2,664 Views 30 Comments

About 25 per cent of the candidates in the local elections are women. The ballot are being boycotted by Hamas.

# west-bank - Monday 17 September, 2012

Two die in Pakistan as film violence spreads
# Islam
# Islam

Two die in Pakistan as film violence spreads

Sep 17th 2012, 2:59 PM 3,678 Views 56 Comments

Protests have taken place across the Arab World against the US-produced ‘Innocence of Muslims’.

# west-bank - Friday 24 August, 2012

Swiss lab to analyse Arafat remains for radioactive poisoning
# Suspicions
# Suspicions

Swiss lab to analyse Arafat remains for radioactive poisoning

Aug 24th 2012, 11:16 AM 4,282 Views 8 Comments

A nine-month investigation by Al Jazeera found elevated levels of polonium on some of Arafat’s belongings. Was he poisoned?

# west-bank - Tuesday 10 July, 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister cleared of corruption
# Israel
# Israel

Former Israeli Prime Minister cleared of corruption

Jul 10th 2012, 3:15 PM 1,438 Views 1 Comment

However, Ehud Olmert was convicted on the lesser charge of “breach of trust” regarding favours he granted to a colleague.

# west-bank - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

Israel to build 300 new settlement homes in the West Bank
# Middle East
# Middle East

Israel to build 300 new settlement homes in the West Bank

Jun 6th 2012, 9:28 PM 2,577 Views 77 Comments

Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are the heart of the current deadlock in efforts to strike a peace deal in the Middle East.

# west-bank - Tuesday 15 May, 2012

Palestinian hunger strikers reach deal with Israel
# Hunger Strike
# Hunger Strike

Palestinian hunger strikers reach deal with Israel

May 15th 2012, 10:41 AM 708 Views 6 Comments

Israel has agreed to better conditions for Palestinian prisoners in return for a commitment to halt to all terrorist activity inside jails.

# west-bank - Thursday 26 April, 2012

Gilmore condemns Israel for 'legalising' West Bank settlements
# Palestine
# Palestine

Gilmore condemns Israel for 'legalising' West Bank settlements

Apr 26th 2012, 1:16 PM 2,217 Views 61 Comments

The Tánaiste has warned that the building of outposts and settlements will threaten the two-state solution and peace process.

# west-bank - Friday 20 April, 2012

Gaza executions 'unlawful' says UN
# Gaza
# Gaza

Gaza executions 'unlawful' says UN

Apr 20th 2012, 10:24 AM 1,603 Views 14 Comments

Human rights office says death sentences were not approved by the Palestinian president as required.

# west-bank - Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Palestinian PM pulls out planned meeting with Netanyahu
# Middle East
# Middle East

Palestinian PM pulls out planned meeting with Netanyahu

Apr 17th 2012, 9:04 PM 1,475 Views 6 Comments

Salam Fayyad was due to hold what would have been the highest-level talks between the sides in two years.

# west-bank - Thursday 5 April, 2012

Israeli forces evict settlers from building in West Bank
# Israel
# Israel

Israeli forces evict settlers from building in West Bank

Apr 5th 2012, 2:50 PM 1,942 Views 25 Comments

Israeli security forces ended a week-long stand-off today, evicting dozens of Jewish settlers from an illegally occupied building in the volatile West Bank city of Hebron.

# west-bank - Wednesday 29 February, 2012

Israeli military raid Palestinian TV stations over communications concerns
# Raids
# Raids

Israeli military raid Palestinian TV stations over communications concerns

Feb 29th 2012, 10:45 AM 1,393 Views 22 Comments

Israeli authorities have also issued demolition orders for solar panels and wind turbines which provide power to Palestinian herders.

# west-bank - Sunday 12 February, 2012

Hamas rift emerges over Palestinian reconciliation deal
# Hamas
# Hamas

Hamas rift emerges over Palestinian reconciliation deal

Feb 12th 2012, 1:20 PM 1,210 Views 2 Comments

A Qatar-brokered deal between Hamas’ leader and the Palestinian president has sparked a rift in Hamas.

# west-bank - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Amnesty calls on Israel to release or charge Palestinian hunger striker
# Hunger Strike
# Hunger Strike

Amnesty calls on Israel to release or charge Palestinian hunger striker

Feb 7th 2012, 10:51 AM 972 Views 22 Comments

Khader Adnan has been held by Israeli authorities who consider him a threat to the region’s security.

# west-bank - Sunday 5 February, 2012

Rights group calls on Israel to end Palestinian residency restrictions
# Palestine
# Palestine

Rights group calls on Israel to end Palestinian residency restrictions

Feb 5th 2012, 7:12 PM 1,571 Views 43 Comments

In its latest report, Human Rights Watch says that control of the population registry is forcing families apart.

# west-bank - Tuesday 3 January, 2012

Israel and Palestine hold first talks in over a year
# Middle East
# Middle East

Israel and Palestine hold first talks in over a year

Jan 3rd 2012, 9:52 AM 715 Views 10 Comments

Negotiators will meet in Jordan in the hope of setting conditions under which peace talks could be restarted.

# west-bank - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

US criticised over failure to condemn settlement construction in Palestine
# Middle East
# Middle East

US criticised over failure to condemn settlement construction in Palestine

Dec 21st 2011, 1:07 PM 1,684 Views 13 Comments

Diplomats have condemned the lack of progress toward a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

# west-bank - Friday 9 December, 2011

Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel after airstrike on Gaza
# Middle East
# Middle East

Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel after airstrike on Gaza

Dec 9th 2011, 9:39 PM 1,799 Views 66 Comments

The latest exchange followed several days of violence in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

# west-bank - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Icelandic parliament votes to recognise full Palestinian state
# Middle East
# Middle East

Icelandic parliament votes to recognise full Palestinian state

Nov 30th 2011, 2:58 PM 1,976 Views 34 Comments

The Icelandic parliament passes a motion recognising the state, but its foreign minister will consult with others before declaring so.

# west-bank - Monday 3 October, 2011

Radicals suspected of burning mosque in Israel
# Middle East
# Middle East

Radicals suspected of burning mosque in Israel

Oct 3rd 2011, 3:18 PM 400 Views 31 Comments

The burning of a mosque in an Arab village in northern Israel is suspected to be ‘revenge’ for the death of a Jewish settler in the West Bank last week.

# west-bank - Sunday 4 September, 2011

Poll: Should Ireland support Palestine's bid for full UN membership?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should Ireland support Palestine's bid for full UN membership?

Sep 4th 2011, 12:12 PM 5,776 Views 120 Comments

Ireland won’t decide how to vote on Palestine’s application until the wording is finalised. How do you think Ireland should vote?

Ireland undecided on Palestinian bid for full UN membership
# Palestine
# Palestine

Ireland undecided on Palestinian bid for full UN membership

Sep 4th 2011, 11:48 AM 824 Views 16 Comments

The government won’t decide on a response to Palestine’s call for statehood until a formal wording is published, a spokesman says.