Ali Sawafta

Palestinian official says U.S. will never present Middle East peace plan

15 Sep 2018

JERICHO, West Bank The United States will not present its long-awaited plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace any time soon and is instead trying to unilaterally change the terms of reference for any future proposal, a senior Palestinian official said on Saturday.

Protesters arrive at Bedouin village as Israeli demolition looms

11 Sep 2018

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank When the residents of Khan al-Ahmar awoke on Tuesday morning, they were greeted by the sight of five brand new shacks on the outskirts of their village, a cluster of tumbledown huts on a desert hillside in the occupied West Bank.

Israel closing embassy in Paraguay in response to return of mission to Tel Aviv

06 Sep 2018

JERUSALEM/ASUNCION Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Israel's embassy in Paraguay on Wednesday, hours after the Latin American nation's new government announced it would move its embassy back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem.

Israel's top court clears way for razing of Bedouin village in West Bank

05 Sep 2018

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank Israel's top court cleared the way on Wednesday for the demolition of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank whose fate has drawn international concern and Palestinian protests.

U.S. halts funding to U.N. agency helping Palestinian refugees

01 Sep 2018

WASHINGTON/RAMALLAH The United States on Friday halted all funding to a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees in a decision further heightening tensions between the Palestinian leadership and the Trump administration.

U.N. schools open in West Bank, Gaza despite U.S. funding cut

29 Aug 2018

JALAZONE, West Bank Schools run by the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees opened in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Wednesday after it secured funding to offset cuts by its main donor, the United States.

Israel demolishes family home of Palestinian attacker

28 Aug 2018

KAUBER, West Bank The Israeli military on Tuesday demolished the family home of a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank who killed an Israeli in a Jewish settlement a month ago and was shot dead in the attack.

Palestinians wary as U.N. may not open schools in time

14 Aug 2018

GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank The United Nations agency dealing with Palestinian refugees may not be able to open schools for half a million children because it has run out of money since the United States cut its funding, U.N. officials say.

Palestinians turn to the sun to reduce their power shortfall

10 Aug 2018

RAMALLAH/GAZA From orderly rows of solar panels in a field in the West Bank to the chaotic rooftops of Gaza, Palestinians are hoping that harnessing the energy of the sun can reduce their dependence on Israel for electricity. | Video

Palestinian family celebrates Tlaib's victory in Congressional race

09 Aug 2018

BEIT UR AL-FAUQA, West Bank Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the U.S. Congress, celebrated her election victory on Wednesday in the courtyard of their West Bank house.

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