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Dec 30, 2014

Arabs endorse Palestinian U.N. draft urging end of Israel occupation

UNITED NATIONS/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Arab U.N. delegations on Monday endorsed a Palestinian proposal to forge a peace deal with Israel within a year and end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017, despite fierce Israeli and U.S. opposition.

The timing for a U.N. vote on a measure that faces almost certain defeat is unclear.

Dec 29, 2014

Arabs meet on Palestinian call for swift U.N. vote to end Israel occupation

UNITED NATIONS/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Arab U.N. delegations on Monday discussed a Palestinian plan to make peace with Israel within a year and end Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017, despite Israeli and U.S. opposition.

Several Western council diplomats told Reuters they had been surprised by the Palestinians’ sudden push to submit over the next few days a final draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council.

Dec 29, 2014

Palestinians to submit resolution for U.N. statehood bid

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinians plan to submit a final draft of a statehood resolution to the United Nations on Monday calling for a peace deal with Israel within a year and an end to occupation of Palestinian territories by the end of 2017, officials said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas informed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry by phone that he would press ahead with the initiative despite Israeli and U.S. opposition, the official Palestinian WAFA news agency reported.

Dec 22, 2014

Gaza gets machinery to equip its first Coca Cola plant

GAZA/RAMALLAH, Dec 22 (Reuters) – With Israel’s approval,
Palestinians began importing machinery on Monday to equip the
Gaza Strip’s first Coca Cola plant for an anticipated
2015 launch of operations.

Emad al-Hindi, director-general of the Palestinian National
Beverage Company which produces the soft drink in the occupied
West Bank, said 10 truckloads of machinery had arrived in Gaza
via a crossing with Israel.

Dec 11, 2014

Large crowds turn out for Palestinian minister’s funeral

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners turned out on Thursday for a Palestinian state funeral for a minister who died after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli policeman at a West Bank protest, an incident that has raised tensions with Israel.

To the sounds of drums and bagpipes, Ziad Abu Ein’s Palestinian flag-draped coffin was carried by pallbearers in military uniform along a red carpet at the presidential compound in the city of Ramallah.

Nov 17, 2014

Palestinian driver found hanged in Jerusalem bus

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A Palestinian bus driver was found hanged inside his vehicle on Monday, an incident Israeli police described as a suicide but which the driver’s family said they believed was an attack.

The driver, 32-year-old Youssef al-Ramouni, was found dead at the start of the route he was supposed to have driven late on Sunday, in an area of Jerusalem close to Jewish settlements and Palestinian neighborhoods.

Sep 23, 2014

Israel says its troops kill Hamas men accused of slaying teens

HEBRON West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday and the military said they were members of Hamas responsible for the killing of three Israeli youths in June, an attack that led to the Gaza war.

Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, both in their 30s, were shot dead during a gun battle after Israeli troops surrounded a house in the city before dawn, the army and residents said. Israel had been hunting the men for three months.

Sep 18, 2014

Jailed Fatah leader lauds Gaza ‘victory’, urges confrontation with Israel

RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) – The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.

In answers to questions submitted by Reuters via the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Barghouti urged more confrontation to combat Israel’s 47-year occupation of Palestinian territory, setting out a strategy sharply at odds with the more cautious approach advocated by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Jul 27, 2014

West Bank glows with anger over Gaza destruction

RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) – While the Gaza Strip burns, the occupied West Bank is smoldering, with violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces raising the specter of a new popular uprising after years of relative calm.

In just a three-day period late last week, 10 Palestinians died and some 600 wounded during a spate of angry protests against the prolonged military offensive in nearby Gaza.

Jul 5, 2014

Violent protests spread to Israel after burial of Palestinian teen

RAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) – Violent protests sparked by the abduction and killing of a Palestinian teenager spread to Arab villages in Israel on Saturday, presenting a new challenge to the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel has stayed silent on the investigation into the death of an East Jerusalem youth who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and killed by far-right Jews, but the Palestinian attorney-general was reported as saying he had been burned alive.