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Despite Israeli Efforts, UN Committee Votes to List Ruins Near Ancient Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine

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A United Nations conference voted Sunday to list ruins of the ancient West Bank city of Jericho as a World Heritage Site in Palestine.

The decision prompted a harsh response from Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which deemed it in a statement published Sunday evening “another sign of the Palestinians’ cynical use of UNESCO and their politicization of it.”

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Far From the Eyes of the World, an Unbelievable Population Transfer Is Underway in the West Bank

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All that remains in the valley now is black, scorched earth, a memento of what was until last week a place of human habitation. There also is a sheep pen, which the banished residents left behind as a memorial or perhaps also in the hope of better days, when they will be able to return to their land – a prospect that looks very far-fetched indeed at present.

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UK places sanctions on Israeli settlers for ‘forcing’ Palestinians from their land

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13 February 2024, The Guardian, by Peter Beaumont: The UK has imposed sanctions against four Israeli nationals, saying they were “extremist settlers” who had violently attacked Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The measures impose strict financial and travel restrictions on the four individuals, who Britain said were involved in “egregious abuses of human rights”.

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Giving solace and seeking focus

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20 January 2024, The Age & Sydney Morning Herald, by Matthew Knott: Three months on, it’s the smell of death I remember most. The rancid odour of dried blood filling my nostrils. On a reporting trip last year, when photographer Kate Geraghty and I visited Kfar Aza – a kibbutz in southern Israel that was attacked by Hamas on October 7 – the once tranquil communal town was a massacre site frozen in time.

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Six Palestinians, Israeli killed in West Bank clash

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8 January 2024, The Canberra Times, by Ali Sawafta and Maayan Lubell: An Israeli air strike has killed six Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry says, as Israel says one of its soldiers had been killed, as United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the region.

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