October 15, 2018
Israeli officials ordered a halt to a transfer of fuel to the Gaza Strip after seven Palestinians were killed and tens injured in demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel fence. The fuel for Gaza's only power plant had been negotiated by the UN and paid for by Qatar, seeking to add to the average four hours of electricity most Gazans have had since the Palestinian Authority stopped paying for the fuel.
October 3, 2018
The U.S. announces that it will withdraw from the Vienna Protocol in response to the State of Palestine's September 2018 complaint to the International Court of Justice over its move of its embassy to the city of Jerusalem. The ICJ had just ruled partially against the U.S. in a case brought by Iran over sanctions and the secretary of state called the court “politicized and ineffective”.
October 1, 2018
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip observed a call from Palestinian citizens of Israel to hold a one-day economic strike to protest Israel's new law establishing Jews as the only people in the "land of Israel" with the right to self-determination.
September 25, 2018
The World Bank warns that the Gaza economy is "in free fall," with minus six percent growth in the first quarter of 2018 and deterioration since. It blames not only the decades-long Israeli blockade, but also the slashing of payments from the Palestinian Authority, cuts to U.S. foreign aid and declining support from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
September 5, 2018
Paraguay announces that it will reverse its May decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem after the U.S. and Guatemala accepted Israeli sovereignty in the city. Elections and a change of power in the country resulted in the policy shift.
August 28, 2016
Washington decided this month to halt its funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency that provides critical aid to Palestinian refugees. The U.S. provides $350 million of the agency's $1.2 billion annual budget.
August 24, 2016
The Trump administration announces that it will halt the planned disbursement of $200 million in aid to Palestinians, thereby freezing the implementation of several USAID projects in the occupied territories. Washington provided about $290 million to Palestinians in 2016 out of a total of $5.2 billion since 1994.
August 16, 2018
Israel delivers 10.5 tons of Palestinian mail that it had been holding in Jordan since 2010 for "security reasons." The Palestinian Authority negotiated the release prior to the Universal Postal Union Conference, held every four years.
August 9, 2018
Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire after a 24-hour flare-up in violence in which three Palestinians were killed in Gaza. The pact, not acknowledged publicly by Israel, was the latest in several regional attempts to prevent a new war in the territory.
July 21, 2018
Hamas and Israel come to an agreement to return to calm after four Palestinians and one Israeli soldier were killed in a flare-up of reprisals in the Gaza Strip.Over 140 Palestinians have been killed and 16,000 injured in demonstrations that have taken place every Friday since March 30.
July 19, 2018
Israel's parliament passes a new Basic Law that does not mention democracy but instead establishes the right of self-determination for Jews only in the land of Israel.
July 13, 2018
Palestinian civil affairs officials report a decline in approvals of visa extensions for the estimated 35,000 international residents of the West Bank. The rate of approvals dropped from 70% in 2017 to about 10% in 2018, reported al-Jazeera.
July 2, 2018
Australia ended its $10 million support for a World Bank fund intended for the Palestinian Authority over its concerns that Palestinians would distribute the monies to families of those convicted or killed for attacking Israel, which the prime minister called "an affront to Australian values." The move comes after pressure from Washington and Israel on Palestinians to stop the social support payments.
June 1, 2018
Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, 20, was killed by a sniper bullet to the chest as she was responding to injuries at demonstrations along the perimeter fence between Gaza and Israel. She was wearing a medic's vest at the time, and her death received widespread condemnation.
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.