Israel orders halt on construction of 11 homes in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, January 8, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli authorities on Sunday ordered a halt on the construction of about 11 Palestinian-owned homes in Wadi Abul-Hummus area, east of Bethlehem, according to local sources. Hassan Burajiya, of the Anti-Settlement Committee in Bethlehem, … Continued


Tel Aviv court convicts killer soldier

TEL AVIV, January 4, 2017 (WAFA) – A military court in Tel Aviv Wednesday convicted an Israeli soldier, who shot and killed in cold blood a wounded Palestinian in Hebron, of manslaughter. The court said Elor Azaria, who shot dead … Continued


Woman and daughter among 31 Israel detains in West Bank

RAMALLAH, January 4, 2017 (WAFA) – A 39-year-old woman from Hebron identified as Bayan Aqel, and her daughter, Fatima, were among 31 Palestinians the Israeli forces detained during overnight wide-scale raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the … Continued


Abu Rudeineh: Netanyahu’s statements unhelpful for peace

RAMALLAH, January 4, 2016 (WAFA) –Statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describing the upcoming Paris international peace conference as “futile” are unhelpful for peace, presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said late Tuesday. “Such remarks do not contribute to promoting … Continued


Israeli Navy opens fire at fishing boats in Gaza

GAZA, January 3, 2017 (WAFA) – Israeli navy opened fire on Tuesday at Palestinian fishing boats sailing in the northern shores of the Gaza Strip, according to fishermen. They said the navy opened fire at their boats, which caused them … Continued


Newspapers Review: Israeli demolitions focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, November 16, 2016 (WAFA) – The spate of demolitions of Palestinian structures by Israeli bulldozers in Jerusalem and the West Bank hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Wednesday. Al-Quds said Israeli forces demolished a mosque under … Continued


Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for five days

RAFAH, November 14, 2016 (WAFA) – Egypt opened Rafah border crossing with Gaza for five days on Monday to allow passage for humanitarian cases and others stuck on either side of the border, officials said. Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi … Continued


Newspapers Review: Trump’s victory focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, November 10, 2016 (WAFA) – Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US presidential elections and the official Palestinian and Israeli reactions to this hit the front page headlines in Palestinian dailies on Thursday. Al-Quds said Trump has become the … Continued


Abbas at Arafat rally: 2017 year to end the occupation

President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the crowds who gathered at the Muqata to commemorate Yasser Arafat death anniversary. WAFA photo by Huthayfa Srour.     RAMALLAH, November 10, 2016 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday that the year 2017 is … Continued


  TULKARM, November 9, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces on Wednesday tore down dozens of vender stalls outside Taybeh checkpoint that leads from the West Bank city of Tulkarm into Israel, according to witnesses. Stall owners told WAFA that the … Continued


Newspapers Review: US presidential elections main focus of dailies

RAMALLAH, November 9, 2016 (WAFA) – The race for the White House between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton attracted lots of attention in Palestinian dailies on Wednesday. Al-Quds and al-Ayyam highlighted ‘fierce competition’ between Trump … Continued


Israeli forces knock down tents in northern Jordan Valley

TUBAS, November 7, 2016 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Monday knocked down Palestinian tents in al-Humma area, in the northern Jordan Valley, according to a local official. Aref Daraghmeh, who monitors settlement activities in the Jordan Valley, told WAFA Israeli forces … Continued


Shashat to launch its 10th women film festival

RAMALLAH, November 7, 2016 (WAFA) – The Women Film Festival, Shashat, launches November 12 its 10th edition within the cinematic initiative under the theme “What’s Tomorrow,” a press release said Monday. The festival is scheduled to take place from November … Continued


Fatah congress to be held on time, says official

RAMALLAH, November 7, 2016 (WAFA) – The seventh Fatah congress will be hold on time on November 29 and there is no pressure on the movement to cancel that, a senior Fatah leader said on Monday. Amin Maqbol, secretary general … Continued