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Palestinian leaders struggle to mobilise street against annexation

Ramallah - With loudspeakers mounted, Palestinian flags unfurled and civil servants allowed off work, everything appeared set for a large protest in Ramallah against Israel's annexation plans in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli settlers back annexation, oppose Palestinian state

Palestinian - The 450,000 Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank are a diverse group, ranging from ultra-Orthodox to secular moderates, who hold varying views on Israel's impending decision on annexation.

Hamas says West Bank annexation would be 'declaration of war'

Gaza - Israel's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank would be a "declaration of war", Gaza rulers Hamas said Thursday, as a UN envoy warned the move could fuel extremism.

Palestinians unveil Jordan Valley fund as annexation looms

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority has announced a multi-million-dollar fund to support residents of the Jordan Valley, just days before Israel intends to start annexing the strategic swathe of the occupied West Bank.

Losing sight of the future: Palestinians blinded in one eye

Gaza - When Jacqueline Shahada was blinded in one eye during a Palestinian demonstration along the Gaza border, she never thought she would lose her husband and children too.

Palestinian security shred files in fear of Israeli incursion

Ramallah - Palestinian security services have been destroying secret files, fearing Israeli raids on their offices as the Jewish state weighs annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, sources in such organs say.

Israeli chair of coalition government opposes Palestinian state

Likud MP Miki Zohar, chair of the Israeli coalition, says he is opposed to the Palestinians having a state. He claimed that as long as he chaired the coalition government he would not permit the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Op-Ed: In response to Israeli annexation PA to declare independent state

Palestinian Authority officials claim that Palestinians will declare the Israel-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip as an independent state if the Israeli's forge ahead with their planned annexation of the West Bank.

Palestinian PM submits 'counter-proposal' to Trump plan

Ramallah - Palestinians have sent the diplomatic Quartet a response to the US Mideast plan which sees parts of the West Bank being annexed by Israel, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said Tuesday.

West Bank poverty may double over pandemic as annexation looms

Ramallah - Poverty in the occupied West Bank may double as Palestinians are hit by the coronavirus, the World Bank warned Monday, just weeks before Israel aims to kick-start plans to annex parts of the territory.

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens

Bethlehem - Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, built on the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, reopened on Tuesday more than two months after closing in the face of the coronavirus.

Palestinian head warns of total break in case of Israel annexation

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that Israeli annexations in the occupied West Bank would spell the end of all security coordination, as international opposition to the plans grows.

Palestinian leader says annexation would end all Israel coordination

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that Israeli annexations in the occupied West Bank would spell the end of all security coordination, as international opposition to the plans grows.

Palestinian kills Israeli soldier in W. Bank ahead of annexation talks

Jenin - The Israeli army suffered its first fatality this year on Tuesday when a Palestinian stone-thrower killed a soldier in the occupied West Bank, a day before US-Israeli talks on annexation.

Coronavirus imperils Ramadan meals, assistance in Gaza

Gaza - The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is a time for giving, with mosques and charities feeding thousands, but coronavirus has left many in the Gaza Strip wondering how they will manage this year."The markets and mosques are closed.

Israeli-Palestinian pandemic cooperation tested by rising cases

Ramallah - The onset of the coronavirus pandemic fostered rare moments of unity between Israeli and Palestinian leaders but as the severity of the outbreak has escalated so too have tensions.

Gaza authorities confirm first two COVID-19 cases

Gaza - Authorities in Gaza confirmed the first two cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, identifying the individuals as Palestinians who had travelled to Pakistan and were held in quarantine on their return.

Israel slaps virus closure on Palestinian-ruled areas of West Bank

Ramallah - Israel closed off Palestinian-administered areas of the occupied West Bank on Wednesday to limit the spread of the coronavirus, officials from both sides said.

Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces in West Bank: ministry 

Nablus - A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, the Palestinian health ministry announced.

Bethlehem under lockdown after virus cases confirmed

Bethlehem - The city of Bethlehem was on lockdown Friday, after the first Palestinian cases of the deadly coronavirus were discovered there.
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