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West Bank: Territory claimed by the State of Palestine
The West Bank is a landlocked territory near the Mediterranean coast of Western Asia, bordered by Jordan to the east and by Israel to the south, west and north. The West Bank also contains a significant section of the western Dead Sea shore.

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Palestinians cool off in hand built hillside pool [Video]

Palestinians cool off in hand built hillside pool

Built by their father and his neighbors on a rocky hill in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian children cool off in a swimming pool amid the outbreak of coronavius.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published
Palestinians cool off in hand-built hillside pool [Video]

Palestinians cool off in hand-built hillside pool

Built by their father and his neighbors on a rocky hill in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestinian children cool off in a swimming pool amid the outbreak of coronavius.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published
Norway FM speaks to Al Jazeera about Israel-Palestine conflict [Video]

Norway FM speaks to Al Jazeera about Israel-Palestine conflict

Norwegian politicians say the prospect of any peace deal is bleak, as Israel pushes ahead with plans to annex parts of the Occupied West Bank.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:52Published
Campaigners call for ruins to be included in annexation [Video]

Campaigners call for ruins to be included in annexation

The Israeli government faces calls from campaigners to declare sovereignty over ancient Jewish ruins on land in the occupied West Bank that Israel does not plan to annex under U.S. President Donald..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:51Published
UN, Arab League call on Israel to drop annexation plans [Video]

UN, Arab League call on Israel to drop annexation plans

At Security Council meeting, leaders warn Israel's unilateral action in occupied West Bank threatens peace prospects.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published
Israel set to annex one-third of occupied West Bank [Video]

Israel set to annex one-third of occupied West Bank

As the July 1 start date set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approaches, a workable plan remains unclear.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published
Palestinians from occupied West Bank stranded abroad [Video]

Palestinians from occupied West Bank stranded abroad

The foreign ministry promises to help return those who have been stranded soon.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published
'American Road' to cut off West Bank from East Jerusalem [Video]

'American Road' to cut off West Bank from East Jerusalem

Construction is under way on controversial road, which is part of a wide-ranging plan to cut the eastern half of the city off from occupied West Bank.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:49Published
Israel drives new ring road through East Jerusalem [Video]

Israel drives new ring road through East Jerusalem

A new Israeli ring road is being built that will go through East Jerusalem and link settlement blocks. Palestinian and Israeli critics say it is part of a long-term strategy to consolidate Israel's..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:16Published
With visitors away, zoo sees animal baby boom [Video]

With visitors away, zoo sees animal baby boom

Peacocks, ostriches and baboons experienced an animal baby boom at the Qalqilya Zoo, a Palestinian business in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, while humans stayed away during the coronavirus outbreak...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:13Published

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Israel's Netanyahu mulls two-phase West Bank annexation, newspaper says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is weighing a limited initial annexation in the occupied West Bank, hoping to quell international opposition to his pledge of wide territorial moves, an Israeli..
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Jordan's king says regional stability put at risk by Israeli annexation

Jordan's King Abdulllah warned on Tuesday that Israel's planned move to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank next month would threaten stability in the Middle East.
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U.N. rights experts condemn Israel's annexation plan and U.S. support

U.N. human rights experts said on Tuesday that Israel's plan to annex significant parts of the occupied West Bank would violate international law banning the taking of territory by force, and urged..
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Exclusive: Israel builds new Jerusalem road that will link settlements as government weighs West Bank annexation

Construction is under way on a major new ring road for Jerusalem that Israeli officials say will benefit all of its residents, but critics of the project say is another obstacle to Palestinian hopes to..
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In rare appeal to Israeli public, UAE warns against annexation

Israel cannot expect to normalise relations with the Arab world if it annexes land in the occupied West Bank, a United Arab Emirates envoy wrote in Israel's top newspaper on Friday.
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Israeli minister says still no consensus with U.S. on West Bank annexations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has yet to bridge gaps with the United States and his main coalition partner over his pledged annexation of parts of the West Bank, a cabinet minister said on..
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Germany voices concern over Israeli annexation plan but does not mention sanctions

Germany's foreign minister on Wednesday expressed serious concern to Israel about its plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, but he stopped short of threatening sanctions.
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Israel's Supreme Court strikes down law legalising settlements on private Palestinian land

Israel's Supreme Court struck down a law on Tuesday that had retroactively legalised about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
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Palestinian PM: Israel must face consequences over planned West Bank annexations

Israel must face consequences if it annexes land in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Tuesday, pointing to possible European sanctions.
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Israelis protest Netanyahu's annexation plan

Thousands of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to extend sovereignty over parts of the occupied West Bank, de-facto annexation of land that the..
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Some Israeli settlers hit out at Trump-backed annexation plan

Israel's intention to annex parts of the occupied West Bank is being challenged by Jewish settlers who might have been expected to cheer the plan promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu under a..
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Palestinians snub tax handover by Israel over annexation plan

The Palestinians said on Wednesday they were rejecting taxes collected on their behalf by Israel, an escalation of measures in protest of Israel's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
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Half of Israelis support West Bank annexation, poll finds

Half of Israelis support annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, although they are divided over whether to take the step without U.S. support, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday.
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Norway urges Israel not to annex parts of the West Bank

Norway, which chairs a group of international donors to the Palestinians, urged Israel on Tuesday not to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
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Israeli defence chief says he's preparing for consequences of West Bank annexations

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday he ordered the military to step up preparations for Israel's pending annexation of parts of the West Bank, a plan that could stoke Palestinian..
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UAE says Israel should back off threat to annex West Bank

A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Monday that any unilateral move by Israel to annex parts of the occupied West Bank would be a serious setback for the Middle East peace process.
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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian attacker: army

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian attacker who tried to run them over with a car in the occupied West Bank on Friday, the military said.
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Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens as Palestinians ease coronavirus curbs

Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, reopened to worshippers and tourists on Tuesday as Palestinian authorities eased coronavirus restrictions in the occupied West..
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Israel's Netanyahu says he won't miss West Bank annexation opportunity

Israel will not miss a "historic opportunity" to extend its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, calling the move one of his new government's top..
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Palestinians easing coronavirus restrictions in West Bank

Mosques, churches and businesses in the occupied West Bank will reopen on Tuesday in an easing of coronavirus restrictions, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday.
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Palestinians shun CIA after declaring end to security coordination with U.S. and Israel

The Palestinians have suspended contacts with the CIA after announcing an end to security coordination with Israel and the United States in protest at Israeli proposals to annex territory in the West..
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Chafing under lockdown, Palestinians long for Eid celebrations

Bethlehem is struggling back to life just in time for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, nearly three months after it became the first town in the West Bank to be sealed off because of a coronavirus..
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Israel must abandon annexation threat, says U.N. Middle East envoy

Israel must abandon its threat to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the U.N. Middle East envoy said on Wednesday, branding such a plan as a serious violation of international law that would "close..
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Israeli settler found guilty of murder in arson attack on Palestinian family

An Israeli court found a Jewish settler guilty of racially motivated murder on Monday in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian couple and their baby in the occupied West Bank.
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Netanyahu's new Israeli government approved, eyes West Bank annexations

Israel's parliament approved on Sunday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new unity government, ending more than a year of political deadlock, but he still faces a trial starting next week for alleged..
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Palestinian hits Israeli soldier in car-ramming and is shot dead: military

An Israeli soldier shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday who drove deliberately at high speed towards troops in the occupied West Bank, injuring one of them, the military said.
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Israeli fire kills Palestinian in West Bank, military says he attacked troops

An Israeli soldier shot dead a Palestinian on Thursday who the military said drove deliberately at high speed towards troops in the occupied West Bank, injuring one of them.
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In Israel, Pompeo discusses West Bank and coronavirus with Netanyahu

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke on Wednesday of the complexities of Israel's planned de facto annexation of the occupied West Bank, saying after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu..
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Pompeo urges Israeli caution in West Bank moves

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday urged Israeli leaders to factor all parties into a proposed de facto annexation of the occupied West Bank so that it squares with Washington's plan for..
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Pompeo to Israel: Be circumspect on West Bank annexation

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday urged Israeli leaders to consider "all the factors" involved in a proposed de facto annexation of the occupied West Bank so that it squares with..
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Palestinian rock-thrower kills Israeli soldier in West Bank: military

A Palestinian rock-thrower killed an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and police wounded a Palestinian who tried to stab security staff at a checkpoint, Israeli authorities said.
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Israeli soldier killed by rock thrown during West Bank raid

An Israeli soldier died after being struck in the head by a rock thrown from a rooftop during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the military said.
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France pushing for tough EU response to any West Bank annexation: diplomats

France is urging its European Union partners to consider threatening Israel with a tough response if it goes ahead with a de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, three EU diplomats..
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Britain would not support Israeli West Bank annexation: minister

Britain would not support an Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank as it would make a two-state solution with the Palestinians more difficult to achieve, junior Foreign Office minister James..
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Israel plans thousands of new settler homes ahead of Pompeo visit

Israel announced a plan for thousands of new Jewish settlement homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday as Washington voiced readiness to back de facto Israeli annexations there.
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Israel plans thousands of new homes for West Bank settlement

Israel announced a plan for thousands of new Jewish settlement homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday as Washington voiced readiness to back de facto Israeli annexations there.
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Palestinians extend coronavirus state of emergency to June 5

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has extended to June 5 a state of emergency declared in areas under his administration in the Israeli-occupied West Bank in response to the coronavirus crisis, the..
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Arab foreign ministers condemn Israeli plan to annex parts of occupied West Bank

Arab countries on Thursday condemned Israel's plan to de facto annex parts of the occupied West Bank as a "new war crime" against Palestinians, the Arab League said in a statement after a video..
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Netanyahu "confident" U.S. will allow West Bank annexation in two months

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced confidence on Sunday that Washington would give Israel the nod within two months to move ahead with de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank.
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Too poor to buy, too scared to meet: Palestinians face joyless Ramadan

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Abbas says Palestinian accords with Israel, U.S. null if Israel annexes West Bank land

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Pompeo says annexation of West Bank is Israeli decision to make

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday it was an Israeli decision whether to annex parts of the West Bank and that the United States will offer its views on this to the new Israeli..
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Lockdown in West Bank, crowds in Gaza: Palestinians divided over coronavirus

Political and physical divisions between Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have induced two very different responses to the coronavirus pandemic, with a strict lockdown in the first and crowds..
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Isolation a double-edged sword for West Bank’s Bedouin herders

Bedouin herders in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, already isolated by virtue of their nomadic lifestyle, have become more cut off than ever from ordinary Palestinian life since the coronavirus..
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Packed with refugees, Palestinian camps face grave threat if coronavirus spreads

Malka Abu Aker has seen her crowded refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank swell year upon year since fleeing there over 70 years ago, with the arrival of new generations and those escaping..
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Palestinian workers find temporary Israeli abodes in coronavirus crisis

Israel's building industry has found temporary housing for many of its nearly 70,000 Palestinian laborers, staving off a construction shutdown after the coronavirus crisis prompted the closure of the..
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Israeli troops kill Palestinian hurling rocks at cars on highway: army

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian who was hurling rocks at Israeli cars driving on a highway in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, the military said.
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Palestinians suspend prayers at mosques, churches to fight coronavirus

The Palestinian Authority suspended prayers in mosques and churches in the occupied West Bank on Saturday to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian teen during West Bank protest, Palestinian ministry says

Israeli troops killed a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday during a protest against feared Israeli land confiscation, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.
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Veterinary clinic provides safe haven for West Bank donkeys

A British-funded veterinary clinic is caring for hundreds of working and abandoned donkeys in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
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