Palestinian Territories

Uncommon ground: Jerusalem and the West Bank

A tourist at Kalandia checkpoint. Photo: AFP

A region synonymous with conflict, the West Bank is nonetheless bursting with life, writes Orlando Crowcroft.

Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 11:41pm

Palestinian PM Fayyad quits amid row with Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (right) meets with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Saturday. Photo: EPA

The two men have been at loggerheads amid mounting criticism of Fayyad’s economic policies by Abbas’s ruling Fatah movement, but Washington had lobbied hard for the 61-year-old, US-educated economist to stay on.

14 Apr 2013 - 11:37am

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail as more join hunger strike

Relatives of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat mourn after the news of his death in an Israeli jails. Photo: Xinhua

Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said prisoner Arafat Jaradat, a 30-year-old father of two, had died suddenly at Megiddo detention centre in northern Israel. 

24 Feb 2013 - 3:14pm

Palestinian tent protesters evicted from West Bank site

Israeli border police remove a Palestinian from an outpost of tents in an area known as E-1, near Jerusalem. Photo: Reuters

Palestinian protesters who pitched tents at a strategic West Bank site to protest plans to build a Jewish housing project there were evicted early Sunday, police said.

13 Jan 2013 - 1:19pm

Palestine to seek UN non-state membership amid opposition

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: EPA

The Palestinian Authority (PA) will present its bid for non-state UN membership, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said, despite opposition from the United States and Israel.

Following talks with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo, "it has been agreed that the request will be presented on November 29", Abbas said on Monday, calling for support from Arab states.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Fatah claims victory in West Bank

Palestinian Fatah supporters wave Fatah and national flags as they celebrate in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Photo: AFP

Supporters of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party were yesterday claiming victory ahead of the results of the West Bank local elections, in the first such vote since 2006.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:28am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Freddie still a champion, 20 years on

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

One prisoner for a thousand


20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Applications open for next year's Primary One places

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Showdown in New York


What has happened? Palestine has prepared a bid for statehood which it will take to the United Nations Security Council next week. The US is trying to stop the bid as it seeks what it believes would be a more solid and lasting solution to the Middle East crisis. It is expected to use its veto power to stop the bid.


15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Channel hop

This week, Channel Hop invites you to march into battle with three programmes that examine aspects of conflict in their own way. After all, while the populist view holds that war is good for absolutely nothing (as American Edwin Starr proclaimed in his 1970 hit single), it remains a part of human history and practice.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland flexes muscles with Palestinian scarves

First the vuvuzela, now the keffiyeh.

China's reputation as the world's factory captured worldwide attention during last summer's World Cup as makers of the vuvuzela - the plastic noise-making trumpet that South African soccer fans love. Today, the mainland has garnered a virtual monopoly on the symbol of the Palestinian liberation movement.

25 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Palestinians require permanent ceasefire

Hours after Israel announced a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the territory's controlling militant group Hamas said it too would hold fire, but only for a week. What will happen after that is anybody's guess. There is no doubt, however, that the carnage and destruction there will end only when the Palestinian group ends its rocket attacks on Israeli settlements.

19 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

No end in sight for Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip aims to stop rocket attacks by Palestinian militants

The Israeli government has implemented a weeks-long blockade - backed by Egypt - to deter rocket attacks on its border territories by Palestinian militants.

28 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

No miracles for the Mideast peace process

'Let's not raise our expectations too high. We are talking about weak leaders on both sides, leaders who can barely stand on their own two feet ... No great miracle will happen here.' So wrote Yoel Marcus in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, ahead of US President George W. Bush's visit to Israel.

11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am