Hamas’s ‘moderate’ face in council elections

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

The Hamas Shura council re-elected Khaled Mashaal in Cairo on Monday for a fourth term as head of the Islamic movement’s political bureau.


Pendle council cancels West Bank twinning plans

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2013

A Lancashire council’s plans to twin with a West Bank town have collapsed after residents voiced overwhelming objections.

Pendle Borough Council had agreed to link up with Beit Lid in a show of solidarity against “Israeli attacks”.

Labour mayor Asjad Mahmood’s casting vote had given the twinning the go-ahead last December.


Palestinian and Israeli children are batting for peace

By Nathan Jeffay, March 28, 2013

A Palestinian boy who plucked up the courage to play cricket with Israelis has won an international prize for the Israel’s biggest cricketing organisation.

Three months ago, Shehadeh Salamin, 16, from the West Bank, entered an International Cricket Council-Europe competition entitled “How cricket has made a difference to your life?”


Bercow leads tributes to shot Israeli ambassador

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2013

The House of Commons Speaker led tributes in Parliament to an Israeli ambassador who was shot at point-blank range 31 years ago, to mark ten years since he succumbed to his injuries.

John Bercow emphasised the importance of Israelis serving free from the threat of barbarity in a ceremony honouring Shlomo Argov, who served as Israel’s envoy to Britain for three years.


If you truly love Israel, don’t bury it in unexamined cliché

By Chas Newkey-Burden, March 8, 2013

Next time you take part in a debate about the Israeli-Palestinian situation, here’s how to spot the people who care more about point-scoring than progress: they will be the ones saying Israel does nothing right, and also the ones saying that Israel does nothing wrong.


New ‘Palestinian’ bus lines cause human rights row

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 7, 2013

Segregation, security and customer service have all been blurred in this week’s flurry of reports over the new separate bus services into Israel for West Bank Palestinian workers.


Price tag attack staged by Palestinians say police

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

Israeli police announced on Thursday that an alleged settler “price tag” attack in the Arab village of Kusra in the West Bank last week was in fact staged by Palestinians.


West Bank calms down as Gaza reheats

By Shira Rubin, February 28, 2013

Although a rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday threatened to ignite already heightened tensions between Palestinians and Israelis, Israeli military officials said the surge in violence throughout the West Bank over the death of a Palestinian prisoner was subsiding.


Unrest in West Bank fans fears of third intifada

By Anna Sheinman, February 25, 2013

Another day of unrest is expected in the West Bank today after a weekend of riots and prison protests in response to the death of a Palestinian prisoner.

Israeli officials said that Arafat Shalish Shahin Jaradat’s death in jail on Saturday came after a heart attack, but Palestinian Authority officials claimed that it was the result of torture.


Outrage over school study

By Nathan Jeffay, February 7, 2013

Israel has reacted furiously to a US-funded study that cleared Palestinian textbooks of inciting children against Israel and found that they rarely dehumanise Israelis.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad expressed “satisfaction” at the report’s main finding, saying that it “confirms that Palestinian textbooks do not contain any form of blatant incitement”.