Category Archives: Palestine

‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site; Yuval Abraham; 972 Magazine

Palestinians in the agricultural village of Battir, in the occupied West Bank, are increasingly encountering armed settlers who are trying to push them off their land.

Source: ‘I want Battir to go to hell’: Settlers move in on Palestinian World Heritage site

Battle rages over Israel’s plan for industrial zone in unique West Bank landscape; Rina Bassist; Al Monitor

Environmental and anti-occupation activists are campaigning against plans to establish an industrial zone near the settlement town Beitar illit, a project they say threatens traditional agriculture and a world heritage site.

Source: Battle rages over Israel’s plan for industrial zone in unique West Bank landscape

Zionist Forces Silence Call to Prayer at Ibrahimi Mosque; IQNA

Israeli military forces on Friday bowed to pressure from Jewish settlers and silenced the call to prayer at the historic Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron).

Source: Zionist Forces Silence Call to Prayer at Ibrahimi Mosque

Israel to seize Palestinian land near Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque; Middle East Eye

Palestinians denounce move to expropriate West Bank land, as final approval for the plan lies with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Source: Israel to seize Palestinian land near Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque

Jeopardy! slammed for ruling Jesus Christ’s birthplace is in Israel; Marlene Lenthang; Daily Mail

Jeopardy! is being slammed by critics after Friday’s episode ruled that the birth place of Jesus Christ is in Israel not Palestine.

Source: Jeopardy! slammed for ruling Jesus Christ’s birthplace is in Israel

A decade in review: the moments that shaped the past 10 years in Israel/Palestine; Yumna Patel; Mondoweiss

Mondoweiss looks back at the past decade and the moments that shaped history in Palestine and Israel.

Source: A decade in review: the moments that shaped the past 10 years in Israel/Palestine – Mondoweiss

Jesus’ Bethlehem birthplace gets a makeover. But will it boost tourism?; Dalia Hatuqa; PRI

Palestinian officials are hoping that the nearly-completed restoration will boost tourism at a time when the West Bank remains under Israeli occupation, plagued by a political stalemate and hobbled by high unemployment.

Source: Jesus’ Bethlehem birthplace gets a makeover. But will it boost tourism? 

Honoring the life of Sarah: 50,000 Jews gather in Hebron for Shabbat; Aaron Reich; Jerusalem Post

Festivities over Shabbat were centered around the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the large edifice built atop the cave by King Herod over 2,000 years ago.

Source: Honoring the life of Sarah: 50,000 Jews gather in Hebron for Shabbat

‘We have the most to lose, but no right to vote’: Palestinians in Area C on Israeli elections; Yumna Patel; MondoWeiss

With the topic of this year’s Israeli election focused heavily on annexation, the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in Area C — the more than 60% of the West Bank under full Israeli control — are hanging in the balance. Mondoweiss spoke to three Palestinians living in areas of the West Bank– in close proximity to settlements, Area C, and the Jordan Valley — that would likely be the first ones affected if Netanyahu sees his plans through.

Source: ‘We have to most to lose, but no right to vote’: Palestinians in Area C on Israeli elections

Al Ain ranked in world’s top 100 Instagram-worthy Unesco sites; Hayley Skirka; The National

Other regional entries include Hebron in Palestine and historic Petra, but Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro tops the list…

Source: Al Ain ranked in world’s top 100 Instagram-worthy Unesco sites

UNESCO Removes Church Of The Nativity From Endangered List; Rich Thomaselli; AFP

The site is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.

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Church of Nativity Removed from UNESCO List of Endangered World Heritage; IMEMC

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Jesus’ birthplace removed from danger list of heritage sites; Uncova

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) announced Tuesday that it would…

Source: Jesus’ birthplace removed from danger list of heritage sites

UN: Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity no longer in danger; AP

The U.N. cultural agency says Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity is no longer considered an endangered world heritage site thanks to extensive restoration work at the place celebrated for marking the birthplace of Jesus

Source: UN: Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity no longer in danger

Here’s Why You Should Add Bethlehem to Your Bucket List; Lori Zaino; The Points Guy

During a 10-day, TPG work trip to Israel, Lori Zaino decided to take a day trip to Bethlehem after two days touring Jerusalem. Slightly nervous because of logistics, Lori wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as she had to switch guides and vans at the border (Israeli citizens and most vehicles aren’t allowed). But Bethlehem ended …

Source: Here’s Why You Should Add Bethlehem to Your Bucket List

Palestinian Officials: Baptismal Font Discovered at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity; Al Araby Al Jadeed; Palestine Chronicle

Palestinian officials say what they believe to be a new baptismal font has been discovered at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Source: Palestinian Officials: Baptismal Font Discovered at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity

United States withdraws from UNESCO (again); Antonio Pacheco; Architects Newspaper

As of January 1, 2019, the United States has officially withdrawn from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), one The United States has withdrawn from UNESCO in protest of the organization’s recognition of cultural sites in the West Bank.

Source: United States withdraws from UNESCO (again)

US and Israel to leave Unesco over listing of Palestinian sites; The National

The UN agency recognised two Hebron landmarks as belonging to the State of Palestine…

Source: US and Israel to leave Unesco over listing of Palestinian sites

Church of the Nativity renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem; AP

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Source: Church of the Nativity renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem

Palestine urges UNESCO to support Ibrahimi Mosque; Middle East Monitor

Source: Palestine urges UNESCO to support Ibrahimi Mosque

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