القسم: Solaa News
Palestinian Christians near Bethlehem on Monday urged Pope Francis to speak up against an Israeli decision to build its controversial separation barrier on a route they say would cut off their community.
"We cry to your Holiness with a feeling of despair and urgency in order to keep alive our hope that justice and peace is still possible," said an open letter from the Christians of Beit Jala, a town near
Israeli settlers on Monday planted trees on private Palestinian land in Nablus in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Settlers plowed land belonging to Palestinian farmers in Azmut, east of Nablus, and planted young olive, vine and prunus trees, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank.
He said the settlers used bulldozers to dig d
Militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday sent a mortar shell crashing into an open area in southern Israel, a day after a rare retaliatory air strike by Israeli forces, the army said.
"A mortar shell struck an uninhabited area in the Eshkol region near the security fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip," an army spokeswoman said on Monday.
The incident came 24 hours after Israeli warplane
Israel has granted hundreds of Orthodox Christians in the Gaza Strip permission to celebrate Easter in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said Monday.
Palestinian liaison officials told solaa that they had received around 500 permits for Christians in Gaza, valid from April 30 to May 12.
Guy Inbar, a spokesman for Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, told solaa t
A group of settlers raided a Nablus village on Monday and attacked local residents, a Palestinian Authority official said.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told solaa that three religious settlers from Itamar raided Beit Furik and attacked residents with "sharp tools," causing head injuries to two residents.
Fawzi Nasasra, 60, and Abdul Rahman
Undercover Israeli forces abducted a café owner in a village in the northern West Bank on Sunday night, the local mayor said Monday.
Three armed men in plainclothes stopped in a car outside an internet café in Jaba, south of Jenin, and ordered coffees from the owner, 30-year-old Mahmud Alawneh.
As Alawneh walked back to the café, the men pointed guns at his head and forced him
A ground-to-ground missile was fired on a town in northern Syria at dawn on Sunday and killed at least four civilians, two of them children, a watchdog reported.
Anti-regime activists of the Aleppo Media Centre said the missile, which slammed into a residential area of Tal Rifaat, was a Scud, although this could not be independently verified.
The attack also killed two women, wounded several other
Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri said Saturday the Lebanese authorities have banned his award-winning film "The Attack" from cinemas in his home country because it was partly shot in Tel Aviv using Israeli actors.
"I regret to inform you that the Interior Minister of Lebanon, Minister (Marwan) Charbel, has decided to punish us and the film by banning it ... claiming that the reason for the rejec
Israeli forces arrested two workers from Beit Ummar in Jerusalem on Sunday, a local committee said.
Committee spokesman Muhammad Ayad Awad told solaa that Israeli forces detained Muhammad Alkam, 22, and Muhammad Abdulrahman, 26, after raiding a Jerusalem construction site.
Neither men had work permits, Awad said.
Abdulrahman fell from a building during the chase and was late
by Charlotte Alfred
After a seven-year legal battle, a group of Palestinian landowners and Catholic nuns this week lost an appeal against Israel building its separation barrier on their land.
The ruling by an Israeli appeals committee places the lush Cremisan Valley, in a northern corner of Bethlehem, behind the Israeli wall.
Running straight through
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has no plans to shut down its Gaza office, spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna said Sunday.
In early April, UNRWA closed its Gaza office after an escalation in protests against the reduction in financial assistance to vulnerable refugees.
Speaking to solaa via telephone, Abu Hasna said that only UNRWA's general commissioner could make a decision about closing UNRWA
Relatives of Salafists arrested by Hamas protested in Gaza City on Sunday to demand their release.
Families carried banners and shouted slogans to demand the release of their relatives, who they say have started hunger strike action to protest their detention without charge.
"My son has been held by internal security since the beginning of this month. Until this moment, we were not allowed to
Israeli warplanes bombed two sites early Sunday in the south of the Gaza Strip belonging to the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
No injuries were reported, but a training site was damaged, a statement from the National Resistance Brigades said. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at the site, the groups said.
Israeli aircraft also bombed a site belonging to Is
The Israeli army prepared to conduct military exercises in the northern Jordan Valley on Sunday, preventing school children from attending classes, residents said.
Soldiers prevented students from going to their schools, and demanded that other Palestinians evacuate their houses.
Local residents quoted soldiers as saying the maneuvers will take place until Tuesday in the northern Jordan Valley, ad
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his ministers to keep silent about Syria to avoid the impression Israel is pushing the international community into armed intervention, army radio said Sunday.
Netanyahu gave the instructions after Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin suggested the international community might react militarily to "take control of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal".
GENEVA (AFP) --
The number of Syrians who have fled their conflict-ravaged homeland has surpassed 1.4 million, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, warning that it was no longer able to meet their medical needs.
As of Thursday, the total number of Syrians registered as refugees was 1,401,435, the UNHCR said.
"This corresponds to 30 per
WASHINGTON (AFP) --
US President Barack Obama on Friday will host Jordan's King Abdullah II for White House talks that are sure to focus on Syria, after Washington said Damascus had likely used chemical weapons.
Just over a month after the king welcomed Obama to Amman, the US president wants to discuss "Jordan's political and economic reforms, the crisis
Israeli forces on Friday detained four children for allegedly throwing stones in Hebron, locals said.
The children, aged 8-12, were detained along with the father who tried to stop soldiers from detaining his son.
A Palestinian teenager was shot by Israeli forces in Jabaliya refugee camp, medics said.
Jameel Heesha, 17, was shot in his left foot near the northern border of Gaza Strip.
He was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries.
An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
On Thursday, Israeli gunboats opened fire toward Palest
US Consul Michael Ratney and celebrity chef Art Smith brought culinary diplomacy to Bethlehem on Friday, hosting a cooking competition for local young chefs.
Smith, an American author, restaurant owner and television personality known for his appearances on Oprah Winfrey's talk shows, has conducted presentations at culinary schools in Bethlehem and Jerusalem during his visit.
His trip culminat