May 24, 2018
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Leiberman announces plans for the construction of 2,500 illegal settlement units throughout the occupied West Bank. In addition, the Israeli administration is expected to advance plans for an additional 1,500 units in 30 settlements; these include Ariel (400 units), Maale Adumin (460 units), Ma'ale Efrayim (45 units), Kiryat Arba (150 units), Alfei Menashe (40 units), Avnei Hefetz (130 units), Hinanit (80 units), Halamish (60 units), Talmon (180 units), Neve Daniel (170 units), Kfar Etzion (160 units), Tene-Omarim (130 units), and Elkana (250 units), among others.
May 22, 2018
Palestinian Authority foreign affairs minister Riyad Malki submits a petition to the International Criminal Court seeking an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and other crimes that fall within the court’s jurisdiction. Palestinian officials had delayed the petition for years, hoping to leverage it into Israeli concessions.
May 16, 2018
The Palestinian Authority recalled its ambassadors to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, infuriated that the countries had broken with the rest of the Europe and attended a preliminary event celebrating the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
May 15, 2018
Palestinians and their supporters at the Cannes Film Festival held their hands in the air and had a moment of silence in protest at the killing of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. This is the first year that Palestine has its own section at the annual awards event.
May 14, 2018
Sixty Palestinians were killed, and over 2,000 injured by Israeli gunfire in the Great March for Return along the Gaza-Israel boundary. The event culminated weekly demonstrations highlighting the plight of Gaza residents, most of whom are refugees, and their right to return to homes in Israel from which they were expelled. It also coincided with the U.S. opening of an embassy in the city of Jerusalem.
April 21, 2018
A Palestinian engineer living in Malaysia, Fadi Muhammad al-Batash from Gaza, was gunned down while leaving a mosque. The killing was blamed on the Mossad and Israel told Egypt not to allow his body to be returned to the Gaza Strip. Hamas said that he had been "working for the Palestinian cause."
April 20, 2018
Actress Natalie Portman, the 2018 recipient of Israel's Genesis Prize also known as the "Jewish Nobel" announced that she could not in good conscience travel to Israel in June to receive the award, or share the stage with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose right-wing policies she criticized.
March 30, 3018
17 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and approximately 1,000 injured when Israeli forces opened fire upon 30,000 protesters who came to the boundary line with Israel, praying and demonstrating in the "Great Return March" meant to draw attention to the plight of Gaza and the refugees.
March 27, 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Jewish leaders during a meeting in New York that Palestinians needed to "agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining," according to a report in Axios. The statements came as the Saudi leader has sought to improve his country's image abroad and lobby for a hard-line U.S. approach against rival Iran. He said the kingdom is much more concerned about Iran than about the fate of Palestinians.
March 23, 2018
The U.S. Congress signs into law the Taylor Force Act as part of a larger spending bill. The legislation will halt most funding to the Palestinian Authority (except for security and some humanitarian aid) if Palestinians don't stop providing stipends to the families of those imprisoned and killed by Israel.
March 7, 2018
Undercover Israeli forces enter the Birzeit University campus, impersonating journalists, in order to snatch student council president Omar Kiswani. While Israeli soldiers have entered the campus and other educational institutions at night to raid offices, this is the first time they have conducted an arrest during class hours. International law bars military operations in schools and universities.
February 28, 2018
Jerusalem church leaders reopen the Church of the Holy Sepulcher after Israeli officials call off attempts to tax church properties in the city, and postpone legislation that would allow the state to confiscate lands sold by the churches to private buyers.
February 27, 2018
The Palestinian cabinet announces it will increase taxes in the West Bank and Gaza by adding a fourth tax bracket for companies making more than one million shekels annually, increasing their tax burden to 20%. The move is intended to cover a billion dollar deficit due to flagging donor support, and address U.S. threats to stop funding the government.
February 25, 2018
Palestinian Christian leaders close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher until further notice to protest Israeli authorities' decision to levy taxes on church property and a pending law that would allow Israel to confiscate lands sold by the churches to private buyers.
February 6, 2018
Israeli forces killed wanted Palestinian Ahmad Jarrar in a raid in Yamoun near Jenin after a long manhunt. Jarrar was accused of killing settlement figure Rabbi Raziel Shevach on January 9 near Nablus.
January 23, 2018
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) commissioner general, Pierre Kr?henbühl announces that UNRWA has funds to last for two or three months before it will have to halt critical services to more than 5.3 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.
January 16, 2018
The U.S. announces it will transfer only half ($65 million) of its usual support of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which totals $125 million and makes up 30 percent of the agency’s operating budget serving five million refugees across the region.
January 15, 2018
The Palestinian Central Council, after a two-day meeting in Ramallah held without the participation of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, votes to ask the Executive Committee to rescind recognition of Israel until it recognizes the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders, revokes the U.S. decision on Jerusalem and stops constructing settlements in the occupied West Bank.
January 14, 2018
Ahed Tamimi, 16, and her mother were indicted on 12 counts by an Israeli military court after the Nabi Saleh activists were filmed confronting an Israeli soldier that had entered their home. The teen quickly became the focus of an international campaign of support.
January 1, 2018
Israel’s Knesset passes legislation requiring that any amendment to the Basic Law regarding Jerusalem’s status (i.e., any concession on Jerusalem) must have 80 votes of the 120 member Knesset, as opposed to the 61 votes required to amend any other law.