Palestinian territories

Palestinian territories

BACKGROUND

The Palestinian Territories, according to the United Nations, are a de jure sovereign state. The territory is divided into two separate locations in the region: the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. For more than 400 years, the Ottoman Empire controlled Palestine until after World War I, which resulted in British control of the land. Significant tension between the indigenous population in Palestine and Jewish immigrants fleeing persecution and genocide led to the UN Partition Plan of 1947, which proposed to divide the land between the two. After Israel declared statehood in 1948, the outcome of war left many Palestinians stateless. The Oslo Accords established Palestinian interim self-government, but the Palestinian people continue to seek full sovereignty today. In the West Bankit is estimated that approximately 1% of the population of approximately 3 million people is Christian and in the Gaza Strip, which has a population of 1.9 million, there are fewer than 1,000 Christians left. 

LATEST NEWS

  • Ongoing Israeli settler attacks are occurring across the West Bank, as well as efforts to bring back Palestinians stranded in Egypt due to the novel coronavirus pandemic through Jordan. Highlighting settlers’ attacks in their main front page articles, al-Quds and al-Ayyam stated that Israeli settlers leveled Palestinian land belonging to Jalud village, south of Nablus. -WAFA

  • The World Bank has approved a US$15 million grant to improve sustainable economic opportunities for many Palestinian youth through the information technology (IT) sector, according to a statement by the World Bank. -WAFA 

  • Israeli warplanes and artillery bombed several sites in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday June 16. He said that Israeli artillery fired two shells at a site to the northeast of the city of Khan Younis and two others near the destroyed airport in Rafah to the south of the Gaza Strip causing destruction and fire at the sites, but no injuries. -WAFA 

  • Benny Gantz, Acting Minister of the Israeli Army, announced that he would go ahead with the implementation of the annexation plan and Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank before the American Jewish Committee AJC. -PNN/ Bethlehem 

  • Israeli political sources revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ask his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is arriving today to Israel, and Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades, who will arrive on a similar visit next week, to work to alleviate the position of the European Union on the plan to annex Occupied Palestinian Territories and the imposition of Israeli sovereignty over the settlements. -PNN/ Bethlehem

  •  For the second time in one month, an Israeli settler razed a large area of Palestinian lands in Arab al-Malihat area, northwest of the occupied West Bank city of Jericho, according to a local source. -WAFA

  • After meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah today, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said that the Israeli annexation of occupied Palestinian lands will kill peace. -WAFA

  • The Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Alkaila, warned the public that after 25 new coronavirus cases were confirmed today in the West Bank and 39 yesterday, a new and more serious wave of coronavirus has begun. -WAFA  

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  • Palestinian leaders have made it clear that they will declare statehood over the entirety of the West Bank and Gaza, with Jerusalem as its capital, should Israel decide to annex the land it currently occupies. The Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, has also encouraged world powers to threaten sanctions on Israel’s government should it proceed with these plans. - The Guardian

  • Due to its refusal of Israeli tax collections on Palestinians working in Israel, the Palestinian Authority can no longer pay its government employees’ salaries. The government is looking into other sources for funding, but currently has not found any. - YNET

  • Israeli Settlers attacked the homes of Palestinians on June 12 after raiding the village of Susya. According to Palestinian Official Rateb Jabour, the settlers broke into the village and attacked several homes, but were eventually thwarted by local civilians. - WAFA

  • Palestinian Artist Suleiman Mansour was awarded the UNESCO-Sharah Prize for Arab Culture for his paintings’ expression of Palestinian identity and the dissemination of Arab culture worldwide. - WAFA

  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi have confirmed in a video conference with the Palestinian Prime Minister their belief that Israeli annexation is contrary to international law and their commitment to try and stop it from occurring. - WAFA