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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz have reached an agreement to annex parts of the West Bank, paving the way for a unity government after months of a stalemate that resulted from three non-conclusive elections.

After a meeting on Monday, the Israeli leaders agreed on a plan to start a formal process this summer to claim sections of the occupied Palestinian territory as part of Israel, Haaretz reported.

The scheme would be presented to...

Shortly after his release from the al-Maskobiyya interrogation facility in occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian Government Minister of Jerusalem, Fadi al-Hadmi, said that the soldiers violently searched his home, and used dogs to inflict maximum damage, in addition to forcing him to wear a dirty mask that had signs of dried blood on it.

The Minister said that Israeli soldiers, police officers and internal security officers, stormed his home at dawn, after detonating the main doors, and...

The Palestinian Authority’s Jerusalem Affairs Minister Fadi al-Hadami was arrested by Israeli police on Friday.

The Jerusalem Affairs Ministry said in a statement that Israeli police raided the minister's house in Suwana neighbourhood of Jerusalem and took him into custody.

It said the police broke down doors and smashed windows of the minister’s house.

An unspecified amount of money was also seized before the minister was taken away to an interrogation center.

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That's how 25-year-old Ibrahim Abu Safiya described the moment he saw someone lying on the ground near an Israeli checkpoint on the outskirts of Beit Sira village, west of Ramallah. 

"We approached the man lying on the ground, and he looked terribly ill," Abu Safiya told Middle East Eye. 

"He had an extremely high fever. He could barely move his body and he was struggling to breathe," Abu Safiya said. 

The man lying on the ground was a Palestinian labourer who works in...

Israeli forces, on Thursday, demolished three Palestinian-owned homes in the village of al-Diyouk, west of the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, under the pretext they were built without permits, local sources said.

The sources told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers and police accompanied bulldozers as they invaded the village in the early morning, and proceeded to demolish the three houses, each 120-square-meters in area, owned by Palestinian citizens from occupied...

Israeli police have detained four Palestinians who were spraying disinfectants on public facilities in Jerusalem in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.  

According to information from witnesses, the workers were detained near the Bab al-Asbat gate and taken to a police station in Al-Khalil. Police also seized their disinfection equipment. 

On March 16, Israeli intelligence detained 12 Palestinians who were disinfecting facilities in eastern Jerusalem. ...

Israel’s prison authorities have imposed restrictions on Palestinian detainees, cancelling previous agreed rights, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said.

In a statement, the PPS said the authorities have decided to decrease the number of loaves of bread from five to four and television channels from 10 to seven. They also decided to withdraw cookers and tens of items from the prison’s canteen.

Over 5,500 Palestinians -- including 200 children and 42 women -- are...

The United Nations human rights office has issued a report on companies it said have business ties to illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, a long-delayed move likely to draw the ire of Israel and its main ally, the United States.

In a statement on Wednesday, the UN body said it identified 112 business entities which it has reasonable grounds to conclude have ties with Israeli settlements - 94 domiciled in Israel and 18 in six other countries.

It identified...

One of the men was hospitalized with kidney failure and 11 broken ribs. Another was nearly unrecognizable to his wife when he was wheeled into a courtroom. A third was stitched up after being attacked by a security dog.

Then the three Palestinians were returned to their Israeli interrogators. They had been swept up in a sprawling manhunt launched after a roadside bomb killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her father and brother as they hiked down to a spring last August in the...

Jewish settlers set fire to a mosque in Jerusalem, vandalizing its walls with racial slurs.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency that a group of settlers set fire to the Badriya mosque in Beit Safafa town.

The witnesses added that the townspeople put out the fire before it spread into the mosque.

The settlers sprayed Hebrew racial slurs on the wall of the mosque.

Palestinian towns and mosques are often suffer repeated racist attacks by settlers.

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Two Palestinians were forced on Wednesday to demolish their homes in the occupied West Bank to avoid paying exorbitant costs if the West Jerusalem municipality demolishes them.

Mousa Bashir and Ammar Nassar, from Jabal al-Mokabber neighborhood, south of occupied East Jerusalem, received demolition orders with a deadline from the West Jerusalem municipality for construction without a permit.

Both decided to take down their homes to avoid paying high fees set by the municipality...

According to Israel's Haaretz newspaper, Tel Aviv-based human rights organization "Civil Rights Association" published by the report, the security operations launched in the village of East Jerusalem in Israel, months ago, some more than 600 Palestinian children under the age of 12 were arrested.

The report of a Palestinian boy who was taken into custody at the age of 13 was transferred to the report.

"4 police officers entered the house. One held my neck and hit my head on the...

The Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday sentenced Shalom Hazan, a community rabbi in the capital, for committing indecent acts with children under 16.

Hazan was convicted for abusing two boys and two girls, aged 6-12, whom he met at his synagogue where they assisted him with chores and studied Torah. He was ordered to compensate the victims with a sum of NIS 40,000.

The indictment against Hazan was filed nearly a year ago and detailed the manner in which the rabbi groomed the...

Vandals damaged some 20 vehicles and spray-painted anti-Arab slogans in a suspected hate crime attack in an Arab village of northern Israel.

Masked suspects arrived before dawn at the village of Manshiya Zabda, southwest of Haifa city, slashing the tires of at least 20 cars and spray-painting hate graffiti in Hebrew on nearby walls, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

The vandals painted slogans such as "Arabs are enemies who should be deported or killed."

Rosenfeld...

A Palestinian detainee has died in Israeli prison, a local NGO said Tuesday, blaming the death on medical negligence.

"Sami Abu Diak, 37, died in Assaf Harofeh medical center where he was transferred after his health has deteriorated," the Palestinian Prisoner Society said in a statement.

Abu Diak, from the West Bank city of Jenin, was detained by Israeli forces in 2002 and sentenced to three lifetimes in prison.

According to the NGO, Abu Diak suffered a medical error...