Ahed Bakr, the father of a Palestinian victim of an Israeli military strike on a beach in Gaza that also killed three of his relatives during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, visits with members of his family the graves of their loved-ones in Gaza City on March 31st. As Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court  with the goal of trying Israeli leaders for alleged war crimes, Mr Bakr went to a Gaza committee for Human Rights to file a complaint against Israel over the strike that killed his son, grandson and nephews. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian Authority joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, a move deeply opposed by Israel, vowing to hand over suspects to The H(...)

A file image of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Photograph:  Reuters

The Palestinian Authority has become a member of the international criminal court and is marking the momentous occasion with a low-key ceremony at (...)

Human Rights and Equality Commissioner Emily Logan at the launch of the European Network Against Racism Ireland’s new report on racially-motivated incidents in 2014. The body found that there were almost 400 racist incidents recorded in Ireland last year.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 400 racist incidents were recorded in Ireland last year, including 16 racially-motivated assaults, according to a new report.Figures compiled b(...)

Victor: ballot papers and campaign posters for Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party lie on the ground after the country’s parliamentary elections, on March 18th. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

Who won? No party won an outright majority – that has never happened in an Israeli election – but the result was a triumph for Binyamin Netanyahu. His(...)

‘Now, evidently, there is to be no discussion . . . Binyamin  Netanyahu will again form a coalition with the pro-settler party of Naftali Bennett, who coarsely calls the Palestinians “shrapnel in the butt”.’  Photograph: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Hello again to Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel. He came clean on the eve of the polls, opposing the existence of the state of Palestine(...)

Palestinian children play next to buildings destroyed during last year’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas-led militants in Gaza City’s al-Shejaiya neighborhood. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images.

Palestinian leaders warned of renewed conflict after Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu snatched election victory from defeat by campaigning(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu waves to supporters at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv. Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s election after exit polls showed he had erased his centre-left rivals’ lead with a hard rightward shift in which he abandoned a commitment to negotiate a Palestinian state. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters 1:28

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a come-from-behind victory in Israel‘s election after tacking hard to the right in the final days of cam(...)

 An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man at  a booth at a polling station during the Israeli general elections in Jerusalem, Israel, on March 17th,  2015. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu faced a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls pre(...)

A woman carries a baby as she casts her ballot for the parliamentary election at a polling station in the northern city of Haifa in Israel. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israelis have begun voting in elections following a campaign focused on economic issues such as the high cost of living, rather than fears of a nuclea(...)

Israel’s economy minister Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right Jewish Home party, during campaigning  in the country’s general election.  Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

Naftali Bennett knows how to work a crowd. Pacing up and down on stage, his shirt-sleeves rolled up, his voice fills the seafront hangar where hundred(...)