Members of Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the armed wing of Hamas movement marching in Gaza on Monday. Photograph: Mahmud Hamsmahmud/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organisation tha(...)

Pro-Palestinian activists seen embarking on a sailing boat to be part of a small flotilla that tried  to challenge Israel’s sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, in the open sea near Plaka on the island of Crete on Friday. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters

Israel said on Monday it had blocked a boat leading a four-vessel protest flotilla of foreign activists from reaching the Gaza Strip and forced the ve(...)

Palestinian Authority foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki leaves the International Criminal Court  in The Hague, having submitted files on alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza, continuing Israeli settlement expansion and alleged maltreatment of Palestinian prisones. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority has handed a file alleging Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC) – just days before an ICC team is d(...)

A Palestinian boy  next to the rubble of buildings destroyed during the 50 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas  in 2014, in Gaza City. Photograph:  MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

There were no great surprises in the findings of the UN’s commission of inquiry into the 2014 Gaza conflict. Unlike previous similar reports that were(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addressing the Revolutionary Council in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Photograph: OSAMA FALAH/EPA

The Palestinian consensus government formed by Fatah and Hamas last year resigned yesterday, disrupting efforts to reconcile the rivals. Outgoing pri(...)

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir returns from South Africa to Khartoum on Monday, avoiding arrest over war crimes charges. Photograph: Marwan Al/EPA

Whatever gloss the International Criminal Court (ICC) places on Omar al-Bashir’s deft evasion of two of its arrest warrants yesterday, the bottom line(...)

A Palestinian man  waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Israel has claimed the Israel Defence Forces’ operation in Gaza last summer was a moral, defensive war conducted in accordance with international law.(...)

Amnesty International director general Salil Shetty: said Fifa ‘should have put a lot more pressure’ on Qatar’s government to improve conditions for those working on building projects related to the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fifa has failed to put pressure on the authorities in Qatar to “do the right thing” and address the widespread abuse of migrant workers, Amnesty In(...)

A Palestinian boy cleans debris near a training base of the Ezzedine al-Qassam brigades, the military wing of Hamas, in Gaza City, after Israeli warplanes struck multiple militant targets in the Palestinian coastal strip. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday cancelled a ruling to list the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, judicial sources said, si(...)

An Israeli soldier pushes a Palestinian protester during scuffles at a demonstration against Palestinian land confiscation by Israel in the West Bank village of Massara, near Bethlehem. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

Since armed struggle and negotiations have failed to secure Palestinian statehood, the Palestinians have turned to international political action and (...)