The west bank at Luxor is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. It is much more than what we refer to as the Valley of the Kings, though many have called the whole of the area by that name. In fact, many good books on the west bank at Luxor (ancient Thebes) are titled, “Valley of the Kings”, even though they cover the entire area. It can be a bit confusing for the novice, particularly considering the actual conceptual scope of the religious concept. If one looks at just the Valley of the Kings, one only sees tombs, but the tombs were an integral part of larger mortuary complexes. Indeed, the whole west bank is honeycombed with tombs, not just of the ancient Egyptian Kings, but of their families and the noblemen who served them.

Layout of the West Bank

As the Valley was in Egypt’s Dynastic Period

The west bank necropolis can be divided into a number of zones and sub-zones, of which the Valley of the Kings is only one zone. The northern sector of the west bank closest to the Nile River is often referred to as the Tombs of the Nobles, but it can be divided into about five different sub-zones. Farthermost north is an area known as el-Tarif, where large, row tombs were dug during the late Second Intermediate Period and early Middle Kingdom.

Just south of el-Tarif is Dra Abu el-Naga, which is a hillside with about 80 numbered tombs most belonging to priests and officials of the 17th through 20th dynasty, including some rulers of the 17th dynasty. Just southwest of Dra Abu el-Naga is an area called El-Assasif, where there are 40 tombs, mostly from the New Kingdom and later. Just south of El-Assasif is El-Khokha, a hill with five Old Kingdom tombs and 53 numbered tombs from the 18th and 19th dynasty.

Directly west of El-Khokha is Sheikh Abd el-Qurna. This hill was named for a mythical Muslim sheikh, and has 146 numbered tombs, most of which are from the 18th Dynasty. Here one finds some of the most beautiful private tombs on the West Bank.

Just north of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna is Deir el-Bahari, well known for the northernmost temples in the Valley, including that of Hatshepsut and Mentuhotep.

Finally, south of Sheikh Abd el-Qurna and near the Temple of Merenptah is Qurnet Murai, a hill with 17 numbered tombs mostly dating to the Ramesside period. Where there are probably thousands of tombs in these areas, Egyptologists have only explored and numbered a total of about 800 of them.

Further west is the highest of the peaks in the Theban range of hills. This is Qurn, which can be translated in Arabic to mean “horn”, or “forehead”. At this mountains northern base, fairly well separate from the other burials in the West Bank, is the Valley of the Kings. Along with a number of unfinished tombs, 62 numbered tombs are known to Egyptologists. This was the final resting place of many of the New Kingdom rulers.

South of the Valley of the Kings, and closer to the Nile lies the Valley of the Queens. This area is inappropriately named, because it houses family members of the kings, including both males and females, and even some high officials. There are about 80 numbered tombs in this area, probably the most famous of which is that of Queen Nefertari.

Just southeast of the Valley of the Queens is Deir el-Medina, the ruins of a village that housed the craftsmen and workers who dug and decorated the tombs and other Theban monuments. It is a very important area to Egyptology, because it has revealed many of the facets of ordinary life in Egypt, and there are some wonderful tombs in its necropolis. All along the border between the fertile section of the Valley and the hills we find Temples and one palace. The southern most temple is that of Ramesses III located at Medinet Habu. The palace, one of the southernmost monuments in the Valley, is at Malkata, just south of Deir el-Medina, and belonged to Amenhotep III, but was probably also inhabited by a few of his successors. At one time, it was a huge complex. The northernmost temple is that of Seti I, which at one time also probably served as an administrative center on the West Bank.

Religious significance and the Temples of Millions of Years

The temples within the Valley, each built by individual kings or queens, were collectively known by the Egyptians as the “Temples of Millions of Years”. Early Egyptologists referred to them as funerary or mortuary temples, but in fact they were temples built for the worship of the deceased kings, and were even used for his worship while he lived. There were originally many more temples then one finds today, and those that remain are in much ruin.

Amun was the principle deity worshiped at Thebes, and the Pharaoh was considered his son. Celebrating this union, each year a celebration was held called the Beautiful Feast of the Valley, where the royal power was renewed and strengthened. Also, on the 30th year of the pharaoh’s reign, the sed-festival took place in order to renew the king’s strength, as well as the vitality of all Egypt. These celebrations took place in the Temples of Millions of Years, and so activity on the Theban West Bank was centered around the Temples, while the tombs themselves were for the most part off limits.

The temples were meant to honor the dead king, perhaps through eternity. In fact, they might more resemble a modern foundation or trust. They were intended to keep the king’s cult alive, guaranteeing him eternal deification, and not simply through festivals.

For example, the storerooms of the Ramesseum were capable of storing enough grain for 15 to 20 thousand people. In effect, the temples were endowed with property and assets by the king before his death, so that after his death, the temple could continue to fund exploits and building projects in his name.

The Big Picture

Typically, tourists to the West Bank will spend a day there, or even a half day. They are shown a few tombs, including several in the Valley of the Kings, and perhaps one in the Valley of the Queens, and they visit several of the temples, most notably those of Deir el-Bahri. To an extent, this provides something of an overall picture of the West Bank, but its complexity and size are often not realized.

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Akhenaten, Tiy (Tiye) or Smenkhkare?, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV55)

Amenherkhepshef, Tomb of – Valley of the Queens (QV55)

Amenhotep II, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV35)

Amenhotep III, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (WV22)

Amenmesses, Tomb of and King – Valley of the Kings (KV10)

Ay, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (WV23)

Benia (Pahekmen), Private Tomb of

Hatshepsut-Meryetre, Tomb of (though not used) – Valley of the Kings – KV42

Horemheb, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV57)

Inherkhau, Tomb of Foreman – Deir el Medina Necropolis (TT359)

Irunefer, Tomb of – Deir el-Medina Necropolis (TT290)

Khaemhat, Private Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT57)

Khaemwaset, Tomb of – Valley of the Queens (QV44)

Kheruef, Private Tomb of – Asasif (TT192)

Khonsu, Private Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT31)

Amenhotep I? Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV39)

Menna, Private Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT69)

Merneptah, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV8)

Nakht, Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT52)

Neferrenpet, Tomb of – al-Khokha (TT178)

Nefersekheru, Private Tomb of – al-Khokha (TT296)

Nefertari, Tomb of – Valley of the Queens

Pashedu, Tomb of – Deir el Medina Necropolis (TT3)

Ramesses I, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV16)

Ramesses II (Ramesses the Great), Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV7)

Ramesses II’s Sons, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV5)

Ramesses III, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV11)

Ramesses IV, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV2)

Ramesses VI, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV9)

Ramesses VII, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV1)

Ramesses IX, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV6)

Ramesses X, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV18)

Ramesses XI, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV4)

Ramesses-Mentuherkhepshef, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV19)

Ramose, Private Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT55)

Rekhmire, Private Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT100)

Roy, Private Tomb of – Dra’ Abu al-Naja (TT 255)

Sennedjem, Private Tomb of – Deir el Medina Necropolis (TT1)

Sennefer, Private Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT96)

Seti I, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV17)

Seti II, The King and His Tomb in the Valley of the Kings (KV15)

Shuroy, Tomb of – Dra Abu el-Naga (TT13)

Siptah, the King and his Tomb in the Valley of the Kings (KV47)

Sitre In?, Tomb of in the Valley of the Kings (KV60)

Tausert and Setnakht, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV14)

Tutankhamen (King Tut), Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV54)

Tuthmosis I and Hatshepsut, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV20)

Tuthmosis I, Second Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV38)

Tuthmosis III, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV34)

Tuthmosis IV, Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV43)

Tyti, Tomb of – Valley of the Queens (QV 52)

Userhat, Private Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT51) Userhat, Private Tomb of – Sheikh Abd el-Qurna (TT56)

Yuya and Tjuyu, Private Tomb of – Valley of the Kings (KV46)


Amenhotep III, Temple of – West Bank, Luxor

Deir el Bahari, Temple of – West Bank, Luxor

Horus, Temples of (at Thoth Hill) – West Bank, Luxor

Mentuhotep II, Mortuary Temple of – West Bank, Luxor

Merenptah, Mortuary Temple of – West Bank, Luxor

Other Temples on the West Bank at Thebes, Part I

Temples belonging to Amenhotep I, Amenhotep II, Siptah, the Colonnaded Temple of Ramesses IV, the Ramessid Temple, the Chapel of the White Queen and the private temple of Nebwenenef

Other Temples on the West Bank at Thebes, Part II – Temples of Ramesses IV (mortuary), Amenophis son of Hapu, Tuthmosis II, and the North and South temples at Nag Kom Lolah

Other Temples of the West Bank at Thebes, Part III: The Temples at Deir el-Medina – Temple of Amenhotep I, the Hathor Chapel of Seti I, the Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor, and a small Temple of Amun.

Other Temples of the West Bank at Thebes, Part IV – Mortuary Temple of Tuthmosis III, and the temples of Tuya and Nefertari, Tuthmosis IV, Wadjmose and Siptah and Tausert

Ramesseum – West Bank, Luxor

Ramses III, Temple of – West Bank, Luxor

Seti I Temple of Millions of Years – West Bank, Luxor

Tuthmosis III, Temple of Amun at Deir el-Bahari – West Bank, Luxor

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The West Bank (Arabic: , al-diff l-arby, Hebrew: , Hagadah Hamaaravit) is the area west of the Jordan river that was occupied by Transjordan since 1949. The name “West Bank” was devised by Transjordanian and British diplomats following World War II, when Jordan contemplated annexing a portion of the Palestinian Arab state that was to be created when the British vacated Palestine, and later envisioned by the UN when it partitioned the Palestine Mandate into Jewish and Arab states (See Partition Resolution). Following Israeli territorial gains during the 1948 Arab-Israel war, about 2,200 square miles were left in the territory of the West Bank. Currently about 2.4 million Arab Palestinians, including a significant number of refugees of the 1948 Arab Israel War, live in the West Bank, along with about 250,000 Israeli settlers.

The area is currently officially under Israeli occupation or “administration” with partially autonomous government of the Palestinian National Authority. It incorporates part of the areas known since ancient times as Judea and Samaria. “Judea and Samaria” as a unit is the name officially given to the West Bank in Israel, but the ancient areas of Judea and Samaria in fact overlapped into current portions of Israel. The name is used by the Israeligovernment and military communiques, and by media outlets and politicians associated with Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

To the west, north, and south, the West Bank shares borders with the mainland Israel. To the east, across the Jordan River, it shares a border with Jordan. The West Bank also includes a significant coast line along the western bank of the Dead Sea and part of the Dead Sea may be included in its territory. Since 1967, the West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation.

Prior to the First World War, all of the area known to Europeans as Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire. In the 1920 San Remo conference, the victorious Allies allocated the area to the British Mandate of Palestine. The 1948 Arab-Israeli War saw the establishment of Israel in parts of the former Mandate, while the West Bank was captured and annexed by Jordan, which destroyed any existing Jewish villages. The 1949 Armistice Agreements defined its interim boundary. From 1948 until 1967, the area was under Jordanian rule, and Jordan did not officially relinquish its claim to the area until 1988. Jordan’s claim was not recognized by most other countries. The West Bank was captured by Israel during the Six-Day War. Most of the residents are Arabs, although large numbers of Israeli settlements have been built in the region. Most of the Arab portions of the West Bank are administered by the Palestinian National Authority.

The West Bank has an anomalous international status, since Jordan’s occupation was never recognized as legitimate by most countries, and Jordan relinquished its territorial claims. The area is not occupied under the strict definition of international law, since it is not territory of another sovereign, but most countries consider that Israeli rule there constitutes occupation. Israeli courts apply most aspects of international law regarding occupation to cases where it is relevant. The West Bank is legally distinct from the area of Jerusalem, which the UN declared to be an internationalized Corpus Separatum in 1947.

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Welcome to the Westbank which is the area on the west bank of the Mississippi River from New Orleans. There are three bridges and three ferries which connect the Westbank to the Greater New Orleans area. The main bridge is the Crescent City Connection which goes to the Downtown area and the Super Dome. You also have the Huey P Long Bridge which goes from Bridge City to Elmwood. The third bridge is in St Charles Parish and is called the Hail Boggs Bridge which is the newest bridge.

The Huey P Long Bridge is going thru a widening project which will make many people very happy. It is known for its narrow lanes which for the 1st time ride over it can be a little nerve racking.

The three ferries run from one side of the river to the other. The Gretna and Algiers ferry cross the river and go to the same landing area near the foot of Canal Street in Downtown New Orleans. If you are visiting the city I highly recommend you take the ride and see New Orleans on the Mississippi River.

The links below go to an encyclopedia with census and other types of information. The Westbank is a suburban area of New Orleans that is on the west bank of the Mississippi River from New Orleans and is composed of parts of three Parishes. The Westbank includes part of Jefferson Parish including the cities and towns of Waggaman, Avondale, Bridge City, Nine Mile Point, Westwego, Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, Terrytown, Jean Lafitte, Lafitte, Crown Point, Barataria, Estelle, Timberlane, and Woodmere that lies on the western bank of the river. A portion of Orleans Parish is also on the Westbank which includes the area cities and communities of Algiers and English Turn. Further down the Mississippi River is the city of Belle Chasse which has a large Navy Base that makes up for a large part of the population. The West Bank of Plaquemines Parish will also be included on this website. Plaquemines Parish both encompasses and is bisected by the final leg of the Mississippi River before it enters the Gulf of Mexico. Down river from Belle Chasse is an area of Plaquemines Parish that has numerous rural communities scattered along both banks of the river, but none of these communities have a population greater than 5,000. The terms “Eastbank” and “Westbank” are spelled as one word in the local official terminology when being applied to the Greater New Orleans area.

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noun 1.

an area in the Middle East, between the W bank of the Jordan River and the E frontier of Israel: occupied in 1967 and subsequently claimed by Israel; formerly held by Jordan.

British Dictionary definitions for west-bank Expand

the West Bank, a semi-autonomous Palestinian region in the Middle East on the W bank of the River Jordan, comprising the hills of Judaea and Samaria and part of Jerusalem: formerly part of Palestine (the entity created by the League of Nations in 1922 and operating until 1948): became part of Jordan after the ceasefire of 1949: occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. In 1993 a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization provided for the West Bank to become a self-governing Palestinian area; a new Palestinian National Authority assumed control of parts of the territory in 199495, but subsequent talks broke down and Israel reoccupied much of this in 200102 and continues to maintain most existing Israeli settlements. Pop: 2 676 740 (2013 est). Area: 5879 sq km (2270 sq miles)

Word Origin and History for west-bank Expand

in reference to the former Jordanian territory west of the River Jordan, 1967.

west-bank in Culture Expand

Land on the west bank of the Jordan River, formerly in the hands of Jordan, but captured by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967. Israel has agreed to hand over part of the West Bank to the Palestinian Authority, but the Israeli government has been widely criticized for continuing to move civilian settlers as well as soldiers into the area. In 2001, in response to terrorist suicide bombings (see terrorism), Israel staged heavy military strikes against Palestinian cities in the West Bank.

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Written on October 28th, 2015 & filed under West Bank Tags:

Published October 18, 2015

A Palestinian protester runs for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Israelis shot dead three Palestinians they said had attacked them with knives on Saturday in Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Hebron, the latest in a month of violent confrontations. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)(The Associated Press)

Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Israelis shot dead three Palestinians they said had attacked them with knives on Saturday in Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Hebron, the latest in a month of violent confrontations. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)(The Associated Press)

Palestinians carry the body of Iyad Awawdeh, 26, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Dora, near Hebron, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Awawdeh was killed after he stabbed an Israeli soldier, posing as a journalist, during clashes yesterday. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)(The Associated Press)

Palestinians watch a wall being built between Palestinian and Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Palestinians in Jerusalem, more than one-third of the city’s population, have awoken to a new reality: Israeli troops are encircling Arab neighborhoods, blocking roads with cement cubes the size of washing machines and ordering some of those leaving on foot to bare their torsos to prove they not carrying knives. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)(The Associated Press)

A Palestinian demonstrator has a knife in his belt and rocks in his hand during clashes with Israeli troops, near Ramallah, West Bank, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)(The Associated Press)

JERUSALEM The Israeli military removed dozens of Jewish worshippers Sunday who clashed with Palestinians after illegally entering a biblical shrine in the West Bank that was recently torched by Palestinians.

The military said some 30 Jews descended upon the Joseph’s Tomb compound in Nablus, a site revered by Jews as the tomb of the biblical figure Joseph. The area is under full Palestinian control but Jewish prayer is permitted there when coordinated with authorities. The military said Sunday’s visit was not, and the worshippers had no permit. When they arrived they were confronted by Palestinians and a violent clash ensued. In consultation with Palestinian security forces, the military extracted the worshippers. One of them was lightly wounded and five were taken for police questioning.

On Friday, Palestinian assailants firebombed the West Bank compound, the first assault on a religious site. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said extremists were trying to turn the current conflict into a religious one.

Sunday’s incident comes after another bloody day in which Palestinian assailants carried out five stabbing attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and the West Bank, as a month-long outburst of violence showed no signs of abating.

Over the past month, eight Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks, most of them stabbings. In that time, 40 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, including 19 labeled by Israel as attackers, and the rest in clashes with Israeli troops.

The daily attacks have caused a sense of panic across Israel and raised fears that the region is on the cusp of a new round of heavy violence.

Israel has taken unprecedented steps in response to the attacks. It has deployed soldiers in Israeli cities and erected concrete barriers outside some Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, where most of the attackers have come from. Ordinary citizens have also increasingly taken up arms to protect themselves.

Palestinians said the roadblocks are collective punishment and ineffective in deterring attackers since those with bad intentions would try to reach Jewish neighborhoods through dirt roads anyway.

The violence erupted a month ago over the Jewish New Year, fueled by rumors that Israel was plotting to take over Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third-holiest shrine and a key national symbol for the Palestinians.

Israel has adamantly denied the allegations, saying it has no plans to change the status quo at the site, where Jews are allowed to visit but not pray.

It accuses the Palestinians of inciting to violence through the false claims. Palestinians say the violence is the result of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation, more than two decades of failed peace efforts and a lack of hope for gaining independence anytime soon.

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Published October 02, 2015

Israeli soldiers search the area of a shooting attack near Nablus, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Israeli military said that a Palestinian assailant shot and killed two parents driving with their four children along a West Bank road on Thursday. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)(The Associated Press)

JERUSALEM Israel’s military says it’s deployed hundreds of troops in the West Bank after Palestinian gunmen killed a Jewish settler couple driving their children the previous day there.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon visited the site of the shooting Friday, promising to catch the attackers and blaming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for inciting such violence.

Gunmen opened fire late Thursday toward a vehicle travelling near the Palestinian village of Beit Furik.

Eitam and Naama Henkin, residents of a Jewish West Bank settlement, were killed. Their four young children, who were seated in the back seat and watched their parents die, were otherwise unharmed.

The attack comes on the heels of a series of Palestinian rock and firebomb attacks. Israel has vowed to quash the threat and has increasingly been arresting offenders.

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Written on October 3rd, 2015 & filed under West Bank Tags:

People at work in the new SodaStream factory in Israels Negev Desert next to the city of Rahat.

The chief executive of SodaStream has accused his companys critics of antisemitism and hurting the interests of the Palestinian workers they claim to protect as it shuts down its factory in the West Bank and moves to Israels Negev Desert.

SodaStream, which sells home fizzy drink machines, has been targeted by international protests. Citing financial reasons, SodaStream announced in 2014 that it was closing the West Bank factory. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement said its pressure was behind the decision.

Standing in the new factory in Israels Negev Desert that will replace the West Bank facility when it closes in two weeks, Daniel Birnbaum said the boycott movement has only had a marginal effect on his business. He accused it of spreading lies and said Palestinian employees were given pay and benefits far higher than anything else they could find in the West Bank.

Its propaganda. Its politics. Its hate. Its antisemitism. Its all the bad stuff we dont want to be part of, Birnbaum said.

Related: Scarlett Johansson steps down from Oxfam ambassador role

The West Bank factory is within an illegal settlement in the Israeli-occupied territory. SodaStream said it employed up to 600 Palestinians there, and had sought to transfer their jobs to the Israeli plant. But Birnbaum said Israel had granted only 130 work permits so far due to security issues and many likely would lose their jobs.

Ali Jafar, a shift manager from a West Bank village who has worked for SodaStream for two years, said: All the people who wanted to close [SodaStreams West Bank factory] are mistaken. They didnt take into consideration the families.

SodaStream should have been encouraged in the West Bank if [the BDS movement] truly cared about the Palestinian people, Birnbaum said.

Palestinians, like other employees, are offered a bus service that brings them to the factory but that will now become a two-hour journey each way that involves crossing an Israeli checkpoint, where workers must show permits and be screened for security checks.

The BDS movement wants to end Israels occupation of territories captured in the 1967 war, end discrimination against Arab citizens of Israel and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to family properties lost in the war surrounding Israels creation in 1948. Israel says the Palestinian right of return would lead to a massive influx of refugees that would mean the end of the country as a Jewish state.

For the BDS movement, SodaStreams pullout from the West Bank was part of a domino effect that would see more companies sever interests to spare their bottom line. This is a clear-cut BDS victory against an odiously complicit Israeli company, said Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the movement. He said it would continue to target SodaStream because its new factory is located in an area where Israel has in the past proposed to resettle Bedouin Arabs. The company employs more than 300 Bedouins.

SodaStream made headlines in 2014 when the actor Scarlett Johansson parted ways with the international charity Oxfam because of a dispute over her work as brand ambassador for the Tel Aviv-based company. Birnbaum said the relationship with Johansson was for a limited time and ended shortly after.

After years of growth SodaStreams revenue dropped drastically in 2014 and its stock price continues to fall. Birnbaum rejected suggestions that BDS pressure has hurt the company, attributing the slump to a changing US market that is moving away from sugary drinks.

BDS has accused SodaStream of paying Palestinian workers less than their Israeli counterparts, but Birnbaum and employees at the factory said wages for Palestinians and Israeli workers were commensurate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Police sent a suspected Jerusalem far-right activist to house arrest Tuesday night as part of efforts to combat Jewish extremism.

Officers raided the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in the West Bank and delivered an administrative house arrest order to the suspect, who is 18, Israel Radio reported.

The youth was prohibited from leaving his house at night for three months and from traveling to the West Bank. He is also prohibited from speaking with 20 other suspected activists. On Tuesday, two West Bank youths suspected of extremist involvement were handed similar warrants

The yeshiva, which is located in the settlement of Yitzhar, is known for far-right incitement and for students alleged involvement in price tag attacks, in which Palestinian houses, religious buildings and property are vandalized.

The yeshivas head rabbi, Yitzhak Shapira, signed a petition over the weekend opposing administrative detentions and calling on the public to support those who received warrants, the religious news site Israel National News reported.

Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, head of the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva next to Yitzhar, at the Jerusalems Magistrate Court. Jan 27, 2010. (Kobi Gideon/ FLASH90)

In 2010, Shapira was arrested for suspicion of involvement in the torching of a mosque in the northern West Bank Palestinian town Yasuf, although he was later released due to lack of evidence. He is also known for publishing inflammatory anti-Palestinian writing.

Tuesdays house arrest order was the twenty-first such order issued since authorities began to crack down on Jewish extremists in the wake of the July killing of Saad Dawabsha and his 18-month-old son, Ali, in a firebombing attack on their home in the Palestinian village of Duma.

The attack, coupled with a fatal stabbing spree by an extremist Jew at Jerusalems gay pride parade a day earlier, sparked an international and domestic outcry over Israels failure to come to grips with violence by Jewish extremists.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon approved the use of detention without charges known as administrative detention and other means in an effort to track down the killers of the Dawabshas.

On Tuesday, two West Bank youths suspected of extremist involvement were handed similar warrants

Yaalon said the use of administrative detention for a number of Jewish terror suspects has proved effective in preventing additional violence against Arabs by hardline Jews.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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JERUSALEM (AP) A video showing an Israeli soldier scuffling with Palestinian women and youth at a West Bank protest has been viewed more than 2 million times on Facebook, shining a light on Israeli military policies in the territory.

In the edited video, the masked soldier is seen holding a 12-year-old boy, his arm in a cast, in a chokehold in an attempt to arrest him. The soldier is swarmed by the boy’s female relatives, including his mother and sister, who pull at his skin and uniform and slap him. The boy’s sister, a 15-year-old sporting a blonde braid, is seen biting the soldier’s hand. Bystanders yell, “He is a little boy. His arm is broken.”

The soldier struggles with the boy, and then the female crowd, which ripped the mask off his face, for about a minute before a commanding officer arrives to assist him. The soldier then frees himself and releases the boy, angrily throwing a small stun grenade at a group of people as he walks away.

The original video, which was provided to The Associated Press by its creator, local activist and the boy’s relative Bilal Tamimi, showed the same footage. Tamimi said Palestinians had hurled stones at the troops, but that he hadn’t seen the boy throw stones.

The skirmish took place Friday at a weekly protest in the West Bank village of Nebi Saleh, where Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters often clash. Villagers claim a nearby Jewish settlement has restricted access to a nearby spring.

The Israeli military said Sunday that a “violent riot” broke out at the protest and that it tried to detain the boy because he was hurling rocks. The military says the boy was released “to prevent an escalation of violence.”

The video sparked accusations from critics that Israel is too heavy-handed in its confrontations with Palestinian protesters, especially minors.

In Israel, the video was seen as capturing the antagonism Israel’s soldiers face from stone-throwing Palestinian protesters and raised concerns for the soldiers’ safety.

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An Israeli raid to arrest a senior Hamas operative in the West Bank turned into a gunbattle Monday night, leaving several wounded in the clashes.

The Israeli military said Israeli forces surrounded a house where the wanted man was suspected of hiding in Jenin late Monday. Israeli officials declined to name the wanted operative, though Palestinians identified him as Majdi Abu Alhaija.

After forces repeatedly called on Alhaija to surrender, they demolished the house, the military said.

Hundreds of Palestinians rioted in the area, hurling rocks and firebombs at the Israeli forces, the military said.

A Palestinian security official said Palestinian gunmen exchanged heavy fire with Israeli soldiers, and 20 Palestinians were taken to hospital after being wounding by Israeli rubber bullets. An Israeli paramilitary border police officer also was moderately wounded in the fighting.

Israelis arrested Alhaija, his brother and his 15-year-old son, the Palestinian official said. Soldiers also tried to arrest a member of the Islamic Jihad group but couldn’t find him, he said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to brief journalists.

The clashes lasted till dawn Tuesday.

Shortly before dawn, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel early Tuesday, but the rocket appeared to have landed inside Gaza, the Israeli military said.

A small Salafist group in Gaza affiliated with the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for firing two rockets Tuesday toward Israel, saying it was in retaliation for the West Bank arrest raid.

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Clashes During Israeli Raid to Arrest Militant in West Bank

Written on September 4th, 2015 & filed under West Bank Tags: