An excavation site below Shilo, in the biblical capital of Israel, has spawned a successful tourist enterprise for the settlers but Palestinians feel that it is just a scheme to justify Israeli occupation.
The arrival of Greek Patriarch Theophilos III in Bethlehem was the center of a protest against church land sales to Jewish groups. Some townships had called for a boycott of the midnight mass attended by the patriarch.
Israel will follow in the footsteps of the United States and withdraw from UNESCO. Both countries allege the UN body has an "anti-Israel bias."
Israeli forces reportedly responded with live fire to Palestinians throwing rocks and fire bombs. In Gaza, protesters chanted "Death to America, death to Israel, and death to Trump."
The right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu has received backing for a controversial bill targeting convicted "terrorists." The proposal to change how the death penalty can be applied has divided lawmakers in Israel's parliament.
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