Abbas criticises Hamas leader for not recognising Israel

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmous Abbas has criticised Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal for saying that the terrorist organisation would never recognise the state of Israel, a Turkish newspaper has reported.


E-1: The facts on the ground

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

For two decades, the parcel of land known as E-1 has become a symbol for all sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For the Israeli right, E-1 is a vital neighbourhood in Greater Jerusalem that must be built to stop illegal Arab building around the eternal capital of the Jewish people.


Britain may support Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

British officials may now support the Palestinian United Nations bid in return for promises from President Mahmoud Abbas not to pursue Israel for war crimes and to resume the peace process.

Whitehall officials have said that Britain will vote “yes” on an upgrade for the Palestinian Authority to non-member observer status on three conditions, when the vote is held on Thursday.


Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israel protests in London

By Anna Sheinman, November 16, 2012

Hundreds of protesters crowded the streets of South Kensington, close to the Israeli Embassy, on Thursday night in two demonstrations – one shouting “Free Palestine”, the other singing “Od Avinu Chai”.


Why anti-Zionists are racists

By Geoffrey Alderman, November 8, 2012

Last week marked the 95th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. This took the form of a letter, written on 2 November 1917 by Arthur Balfour to Walter (Lord) Rothschild. Balfour was then Foreign Secretary in Lloyd George’s wartime coalition government. Rothschild was an eccentric but well-respected zoologist who also happened to be the country’s richest Jew.


Paris region to sign co-operation deal with East Jerusalem

By Shirli Sitbon, October 12, 2012

later this month, the Paris region will sign a co-operation agreement with the Palestinian district of East Jerusalem.

It will be only the second such deal between France’s most populous region and a Middle Eastern city; the first such deal was struck with Beirut.


Bethlehem tolerance walk cancelled due to protests

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2012

Palestinian activists have pressured the organisers of a walk in Bethlehem intended to promote tolerance to cancel it at the last minute.

A silent walk had been planned for Friday in the West Bank city, and was due to bring together Israelis and Palestinians amid participants of all religions.


Ehud Barak: We must pull out of West Bank

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2012

In an interview with Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom on Monday, Defence Minister Ehud Barak called on the Israeli government to consider a pullback from “isolated” settlements in the West Bank as a step towards separating the Israeli and Palestinian populations.


‘Investigate UK funding of Palestinian NGOs’

By Simon Rocker, September 20, 2012

The head of the Jerusalem-based research institute, NGO Monitor, has called for an inquiry into British government funding of Palestinian organisations which he says promote political attacks on Israel.

More than £500,000 was provided by the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development to Palestinian NGOs last year, according to the organisation’s figures.


Romney says Palestinians 'committed to destruction of Israel'

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2012

Secret footage of Mitt Romney was released on Tuesday in which he describes the Palestinians as “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel”.

The film, posted on the website of the left-leaning US magazine Mother Jones, showed Mr Romney speaking at a $50,000-a-plate private fundraiser in Florida in May.