Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian in West Bank, health ministry says

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank overnight, the Palestinian health ministry said on Wednesday. Village residents said their were no disturbances or clashes in the area at the time of the shooting, which occurred near the village of Beit Ur Al-Tahta, west of the city of Ramallah. The man … Read more

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after border protests

Israeli planes struck Hamas militant targets in the Gaza Strip early Sunday, hours after violent clashes between Palestinian protesters and troops along the border. The Israeli military said in a statement that planes bombed a Hamas militant facility in the Gaza Strip in response to the launching of incendiary balloons into southern Israel and violent … Read more

Palestinian child dies week after being shot at Gaza border

A 12-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot in the head by Israeli fire during a violent demonstration at the Gaza-Israeli border last week died of his wounds Saturday, Gaza health officials said. Hassan Abu al-Neil was shot on August 21 during the demonstration organised by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to protest the crippling blockade imposed by … Read more

The World’s last Samaritans, straddling the Israeli-Palestinian divide

In the occupied and largely segregated West Bank, Jews live in gated Israeli settlements, and Palestinians live in Arab cities and towns. And then there are the 440 residents of the mountaintop village of Al Tor, who float between both worlds. As children, they grow up speaking Arabic. As teenagers, they study at schools run … Read more

Palestinians arrest 24 demonstrators in occupied West Bank

Palestinian police on Sunday said they arrested 24 people protesting the government’s response to the death of a prominent political activist while in the custody of Palestinian security forces. The demonstrators had planned to call for accountability in the death of Nizar Banat, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who died in custody on … Read more

Israel strikes Gaza after violent protests along border

Israel’s military bombed Palestinian militant weapons sites in the Gaza Strip early Sunday in response to a violent demonstration on the perimeter fence that left an Israeli police officer critically injured, the army said. Saturday’s violence erupted after hundreds of Palestinians took part in a demonstration organised by Gaza’s Hamas rulers to draw attention to … Read more

A birthday gift: Israeli woman donates kidney to Gaza boy

Idit Harel Segal was turning 50, and she had chosen a gift: She was going to give one of her own kidneys to a stranger. The kindergarten teacher from northern Israel, a proud Israeli, hoped her choice would set an example of generosity in a land of perpetual conflict. She was spurred by memories of … Read more