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Palestinians: Ethnic group
The Palestinian people, also referred to as Palestinians or Palestinian Arabs, are an ethnonational group comprising the modern descendants of the peoples who have lived in Palestine continuously over the centuries and who today are largely culturally and linguistically Arab; this definition includes those ethnic Jews and Samaritans who fit this definition. Despite various wars and exoduses, roughly one half of the world's Palestinian population continues to reside in historic Palestine, the area encompassing the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Israel. In this combined area, as of 2005, Palestinians constituted 49% of all inhabitants, encompassing the entire population of the Gaza Strip (1.865 million), the majority of the population of the West Bank and 20.95% of the population of Israel proper as Arab citizens of Israel. Many are Palestinian refugees or internally displaced Palestinians, including more than a million in the Gaza Strip, about 750,000 in the West Bank and about 250,000 in Israel proper. Of the Palestinian population who live abroad, known as the Palestinian diaspora, more than half are stateless, lacking citizenship in any country. Between 2.1 and 3.24 million of the diaspora population live in neighboring Jordan, over 1 million live between Syria and Lebanon and about 750,000 live in Saudi Arabia, with Chile's half a million representing the largest concentration outside the Middle East.

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Vatican says Israeli-Palestinian peace process at risk after U.S. move

The Vatican said on Thursday the search for peace between Israelis and Palestinians had been put at risk after the United States backed Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank.
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U.S. support for Israeli settlements renews focus on core issue in Mideast conflict

Israel's ruling right-wing government on Tuesday moved swiftly to embrace Washington's backing for Israeli settlements, even as Palestinians and Arab leaders condemned the step as a threat to the..
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Videos for Palestinians


Timeline: Trump's foreign policy towards Israel [Video]Timeline: Trump's foreign policy towards Israel

Since Trump took office in 2017, the White House has taken a series of steps that have outraged the Palestinians and delighted Israel. Here are some of the key events.

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U.S. softens position on Israeli settlements [Video]U.S. softens position on Israeli settlements

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:24Published

Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel's Jewish settlements [Video]Pompeo announces softer U.S. stance on Israel's Jewish settlements

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade position that they were "inconsistent with..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published

Israeli army to probe 'unexpected' Gaza civilian deaths [Video]Israeli army to probe 'unexpected' Gaza civilian deaths

Israel's military has pledged on Friday to investigate the death of civilians in Gaza after attacks targeting the Islamic Jihad group killed 34 Palestinians.

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Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air attacks [Video]Gaza ceasefire under pressure after renewed Israeli air attacks

Truce between Islamic Jihad and Israel came into effect on Thursday morning after 34 Palestinians were killed in raids.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:42Published

Calm skies over Gaza as truce declared [Video]Calm skies over Gaza as truce declared

Israel and Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad declared a truce on Thursday, after 48 hours of bloodshed that has killed dozens of people. David Doyle reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Israeli and Palestinian forces exchange rocket attacks as tensions escalate [Video]Israeli and Palestinian forces exchange rocket attacks as tensions escalate

Israeli and Palestinian forces exchange rocket attacks as tensions escalate

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Islamic Jihad commander among four killed in Israeli air raids [Video]Islamic Jihad commander among four killed in Israeli air raids

At least four people, including a commander of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad, have been killed in the besieged Gaza Strip in overnight Israeli raids.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 13:18Published

Israel claims killing of Palestinian armed group's commander [Video]Israel claims killing of Palestinian armed group's commander

Israel's military says one of its air attacks has killed a commander of the Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 06:33Published

Fifteen years since mysterious death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat [Video]Fifteen years since mysterious death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

Fifteen years since mysterious death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

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Israel's planned Jerusalem cable car sparks Palestinian anger [Video]Israel's planned Jerusalem cable car sparks Palestinian anger

An Israeli plan to run a cable car over Jerusalem to the walls of the Old City has angered Palestinians who say it would erase their heritage in areas they seek for a future state. Emily Spychal..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:31Published

Occupied East Jerusalem cancer hospital faces financial crisis, shortages [Video]Occupied East Jerusalem cancer hospital faces financial crisis, shortages

Running out of money and medicine, Palestinian cancer patients suffer after severe cuts by Israel and United States.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

West Jerusalem residents accuse police of neglecting Arab towns [Video]West Jerusalem residents accuse police of neglecting Arab towns

A convoy hundreds of vehicles long has made its way to Jerusalem in the latest protest by Palestinian-Israeli citizens against violent crime.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:43Published

Palestinians protest over domestic violence [Video]Palestinians protest over domestic violence

The recent death of a 19-year-old Palestinian woman in suspicious circumstances has raised concerns about domestic violence in the occupied territories.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:15Published

 

Israel's settlers and the Palestinians they live among

His people's link to the land goes back to biblical times, says the comics illustrator. His neighbor, a farmer, says the land belonged to his ancestors and has been stolen. One is an Israeli settler,..
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U.S. backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians and clouding peace process

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with..
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Israel welcomes U.S. settlement move, Palestinians outraged

Israel praised a U.S. decision on Monday to soften its position on Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, a move that upset the Palestinians who said it contradicts international law.
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Tenuous truce in Gaza as Islamic Jihad, Israel differ on terms

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel declared a halt to hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday but a lasting ceasefire appeared tenuous as they differed on terms.
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Islamic Jihad, Israel halt hostilities in Gaza, 34 Palestinians dead

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel halted hostilities across the Gaza Strip border on Thursday following Egyptian- and U.N.-mediated efforts to end the worst surge in fighting in..
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Tenuous calm in Gaza as Islamic Jihad says truce reached with Israel

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce, calming the worst surge in fighting in months.
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Islamic Jihad says truce agreed with Israel, Gaza quiet

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce, in a possible end to the worst surge in fighting in..
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Israeli strike in Gaza kills six civilians: medics, residents

An Israeli missile strike in the Gaza Strip killed six members of a Palestinian family on Thursday, all of them civilians, medical officials and residents said, bringing the death toll in the territory..
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Islamic Jihad offers Israel truce as Gaza toll hits 26

Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad offered terms on Wednesday for an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire with Israel, saying if these were not met it was prepared to keep up cross-border rocket salvoes..
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Israel kills Gaza gunman, militants fire rockets

An Israeli air-strike killed a Palestinian gunman on Wednesday and Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel as a spike in violence edged into a second day.
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EU court rules goods from Israeli settlements must be labeled

The EU's top court ruled on Tuesday that goods from Israeli settlements must be labeled as produced in occupied territory, a decision hailed by Palestinians and condemned by Israel, which said it would..
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Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander, rockets rain from Gaza

Israel killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing retaliatory rocket salvoes that reached as..
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Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, another targeted in Damascus

Israel killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, accusing him of carrying out a series of..
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Israel targets Damascus home of Islamic Jihad official, group says

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said Israel targeted the house of one of its officials in the Syrian capital on Tuesday, killing one of his sons.
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Israeli forces kill Islamic Jihad field commander in Gaza strike

Israeli forces killed Baha Abu Al-Atta, a field commander for the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, in a predawn strike on his home in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, officials on both sides said.
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Blast hits Gaza home of Islamic Jihad commander, one dead: sources

An explosion ripped through the home of a Palestinian militant commander in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, residents said, and the health ministry said one person was killed and three others wounded in the..
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Israeli gunfire kills a West Bank Palestinian: medics

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian health officials said.
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Israel's planned Jerusalem cable car irks Palestinians

An Israeli plan to run a cable car over Jerusalem to the walls of the Old City has angered Palestinians who say it would erase their heritage in areas they seek for a future state.
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Ex-head of U.N. Palestinian refugee agency denies wrongdoing amid misconduct probe

The former head of the United Nations' Palestinians aid agency who resigned in the face of an inquiry into misconduct allegations has denied wrongdoing and said his agency was victim of a political..
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Israel's top court clears way for deportation of Human Rights Watch official

Israel's Supreme Court upheld a government decision to deport a Human Rights Watch (HRW) official accused of backing an international pro-Palestinian boycott campaign, an edict he said was aimed at..
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SBS World News Bulletin 03/11/19

SBS World News wraps up all the national and international news including: The Prime Minister joins ASEAN talks where the US-China trade war and a free trade pact remain top of the agenda and hundreds..
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Palestinian killed, 2 wounded in Israel-Gaza counter strikes

Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets at Israel and the Israeli military responded with a wave of pre-dawn air strikes in Gaza killing one man on Saturday, Palestinian and Israeli officials..
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Aiia Maasarwe's father launches fellowship to support Palestinian doctors during Australia visit

On his first trip to Australia earlier this year, in the immediate aftermath of his daughter's murder, Saeed Maasarwe called for "more peace". Now, he has returned to launch a fellowship established in..
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Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian at West Bank checkpoint

Israeli forces shot a Palestinian who ran toward them with a knife near a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Friday, Israel's defense ministry said, and Palestinian officials said he died..
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Palestinians to resume taking Israeli collected tax money

The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority (PA) will once again accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel, after rejecting the money for months, Israeli and Palestinian officials said on..
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'You will never break our will': Palestinians to Netanyahu after annexation pledge

Palestinians tilling the fertile Jordan Valley said on Wednesday they have been rooted for generations to the West Bank land that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to annex, and they..
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New U.S. sanctions target Hamas, Islamic State, other groups

The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on a "wide range of terrorists and their supporters," including the Palestinian group Hamas and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, on the eve of..
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Pompeo thinks U.S. to unveil Mideast peace plan in coming weeks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that he thinks the Trump administration will unveil its much-delayed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in the coming weeks.
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Palestinian women demand legal protection after suspected 'honor killing'

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in the West Bank on Wednesday to demand legal protection for women after a 21-year-old woman died last month in what rights groups say was a so-called honor..
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Netanyahu says he expects U.S. peace plan 'very soon' after Israel's Sept. 17 election

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he expects the United States will release its long-delayed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan shortly after Israel's Sept 17 election.
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Israeli strikes hit Palestinian military position in Lebanon: group

Israeli drone strikes hit a military position belonging to an Iranian-backed Palestinian faction in Lebanon's Bekaa valley near the Syrian border early on Monday, the group said.
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Air strikes hit Palestinian position in Lebanon, no casualties: official to An-Nahar news

An official from a military position belonging to a Palestinian group in the Lebanese town of Qusaya, near the Syrian border, said three air strikes hit it, causing only material damage.
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Emotions stir in Jerusalem as HBO's 'Our Boys' hits local airwaves

A new HBO series on the killing of a Palestinian youth after three Israeli teens were murdered in a deadly summer five years ago is stirring up painful memories for bereaved families on both sides of..
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Palestinian youths stab Israeli policeman, one youth shot dead

Two Palestinian youths stabbed an Israeli policeman in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday and were shot by officers, killing one of them, police said.
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Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

Israeli police fired sound grenades to disperse Palestinians during confrontations on Sunday outside Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque where tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers gathered for the Eid..
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Iran's Khamenei urges haj pilgrims to oppose U.S. Israeli-Palestinian plan

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday condemned a U.S. blueprint to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and called on haj pilgrims to oppose it, Iranian state media..
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Israeli military kills four Palestinian militants on Gaza border: statement

Israeli forces opened fire on four Palestinian militants near the Gaza border fence on Saturday, killing the men, the Israeli military said.
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Rappers, anti-vaxxers, right-wing activists: Who has Australia banned in the past?

The Australian government has banned a raft of prominent figures from entering the country on character grounds in the past, from a Palestinian campaigner, American rappers, anti-vaxxers, as well as..
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Israeli forces kill armed Palestinian who infiltrated from Gaza: military

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian on Thursday after he crossed the border from Gaza and fired at the troops, wounding three of them, the Israeli military said.
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