According to Palestinian figures, more than 700,000 Jewish settlers now live on 196 settlements across occupied West Bank.

Israeli settlers on Thursday vandalized Palestinian vehicles in a suspected “price tag” attack in the occupied West Bank, according to a Palestinian official.

“Dozens of Jewish settlers stormed the town of Allubban near Nablus city and attacked Palestinian vehicles,” Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the...

The Israeli forces detained today 18 Palestinians in raids throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).

It said forces detained three Palestinians from Isawiyyeh and Silwan neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and two more from the Jerusalem-area Beit Anan village located outside the Israeli-demarcated city s.

In the West Bank, the Israeli army detained three people in Ramallah, including a female university student and...

In June alone, Israel demolished 30 Palestinian homes in the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem) -- the same number demolished throughout the entire first five months of 2020. The June demolitions left 100 Palestinians, 53 of them minors, homeless. That month, Israel also demolished 33 non-residential structures. In total, Israel demolished 63 structures belonging to Palestinians in the West Bank in June.

Israel also significantly stepped up demolitions in East Jerusalem in June...

Israeli municipal staff today handed demolition orders against 30 Palestinian houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya under the pretext of construction without a permit, said a local activist.

Muhammad Abu al-Hummus, member of the local follow-up committee, said that staff of the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem delivered orders to demolish 30 Palestinian structures and houses in the neighborhood.

The municipality staff, Abu al-Hummus added, took photos for...

Israel's aim to annex parts of the occupied West Bank is clearly "illegal", the United Nations' human rights chief said on Monday, warning that the consequences could be "disastrous".

Just days before Israel intends to kick-start plans to annex its West Bank settlements and parts of the strategic Jordan Valley, Michelle Bachelet added her voice to the chorus urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to drop the proposal.

"Annexation is illegal. Period," the UN High Commissioner...

Number of Palestinians in Israeli prisons currently stands at around 5,000 detainees, says report.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) said on Thursday that 95% of Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons have suffered torture.

This came in a statement released by PPS ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture to be marked on June 26.

"Israel adopts multiple methods to torture detainees physically and psychologically, through a system of...

Israeli military bulldozers uprooted, early on Wednesday, dozens of long-standing olive trees in the northern Jordan Valley area of Al-Aghwar, in the occupied West Bank, as part of its illegal annexation plan of the entire area.

Mo’taz Bsharat, a Palestinian Authority (PA) official monitoring Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the Jordan Valley, told media outlets that a large Israeli military force, including police personnel, staff of the so-called Israeli Civil...

Israeli troops demolished, early on Wednesday morning, a Palestinian-owned home in the central West Bank town of Betunia, west of Ramallah.

Local sources said that a large Israeli military force, including a bulldozer, invaded Betunia town, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

They added that the soldiers forced out the inhabitants of the home, owned by Abdul-Aziz al-Froukh, before their military bulldozer began knocking it down.

The Israeli army claims that the home...

“We are at a watershed moment”, António Guterres told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday.

“If implemented, annexation would constitute a most serious violation of international law, grievously harm the prospect of a two-State solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations. I call on the Israeli Government to abandon its annexation plans.”

Farther than ever from peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made annexation a...

Erekat, who was 27, was shot and killed by Israeli police, who claimed that he was trying to use his car to attack their officers. They have produced no evidence to support their version of the events.

Israeli police have shot and killed a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem, leaving him to bleed out for more than an hour and not allowing anyone to provide help to him, according to witnesses. 

According to relatives, Ahmed Erekat was running errands for his family on the day of...

Israeli forces today detained 14 Palestinians from various parts of occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, said local sources.

Sources confirmed that Israeli police rounded up five Palestinians after ransacking their houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur.

Police also assaulted and detained two brothers who came to the Russian Compound detention center in West Jerusalem to check on their brother who was detained during the raid in al-Tur.

In Ramallah and...

Israeli forces destroyed a Palestinian house and 2 tents in the occupied West Bank.

Local sources state that Israeli soldiers demolished Palestinian Samir Salah's house with construction equipment in the town of Al-Hıdır, in the town of Bethlehem, West Bank.

It was reported that Israeli authorities considered the place as "C region" and destroyed the house with the claim that it was "unlicensed".

It was recorded that the house belonging to Salah was destroyed 6 months...

Israeli police today demolished several Palestinian structures in the refugee camp of Shu'fat, northeast of the occupied city of Jerusalem, according to sources.

Local witnesses confirmed that Israeli police raided Ras Shihada neighborhood in the camp and cordoned it off before a bulldozer demolished two apartments besides to four storage places belonging to Ehab and Ossama Alqam. Each of the two apartments occupied an area of 160 square meters.

Using the pretext of illegal...

Israeli police detained six Palestinian young men during confrontations in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, it said.

One of the six detainees was severely beaten before being taken into custody.

Meanwhile, the PPS said that Israeli forces detained five Palestinians in raids across Bethlehem district, including a raid in Beit Fajjar town.

Two of the five detainees were identified as a 55-year-old man and his son, and two others as 16-year-old teens.


Ariel and Ma’ale Adumim don’t require much mapping, though Etzion Bloc is more complex, and Jerusalem thinks drawing out process may help curb friction with Jordan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will initially announce the annexation of three West Bank blocs, but not the Jordan Valley or other settlement areas, according to top Israeli officials speaking on condition of anonymity.

Netanyahu has repeatedly promised to declare annexation over all of Israel’s West Bank...