President of the Palestinian Authority  Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) shakes hands with   South African president Jacob Zuma yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa.  The European Parliament will vote on a resolution to recognise the state of Palestine at its plenary session next month.  Photograph: Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images

The European Parliament will vote on a resolution to recognise the state of Palestine at its plenary session next month, after a vote scheduled for to(...)

A proposed new bill anchors in law the status of Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people. Above: the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Israel’s president has said a Bill anchoring in law the status of Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people runs counter to its founding fathers’ (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday.  Photograph: Jim Hollander/Reuters

The Israeli cabinet has endorsed a controversial Bill enshrining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, despite criticism by Israel’s Arab (...)

An Israeli border policewoman patrols in a park in Jerusalem where Ethiopian Jews gathered yesterday. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

The recent rise in Palestinian attacks on Israelis reflects Palestinian frustration over the restrictive regime under which they live as well as the f(...)

Israeli riot police  in the Bet Hanina neighbourhood of east Jerusalem yesterday. Israel has  increased security levels around Jerusalem following recent attacks. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

Israelis have expressed heightened fears about their security in the wake of Tuesday’s attack by Palestinians on a Jerusalem synagogue in which five p(...)

Like the 1983 murders of three worshippers in the Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Church near Darkley, Co Armagh, the synagogue attack in Jerusalem on Tues(...)

A young relative of Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi stands amid the  rubble of his  home in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan after its destruction  by the Israeli authorities today. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel has today destroyed the home of a Palestinian who last month ran over and killed two people at a Jerusalem tram stop. The demolition comes a da(...)

 A bullet hole in a synagogue’s front glass looking outwards to the Orthodox Jewish Har Nof neighbourhood in Jerusalem yesterday. Photograph: Jim Hollandery/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said yesterday’s attack by Palestinians on a Jerusalem synagogue, which left four worshippers an(...)

A relative of Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal, cousins who killed four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue, holds their pictures. Palestinian assaults on Israelis have surged recently. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

The attack yesterday by Palestinian cousins on a synagogue in west Jerusalem stunned Israelis but was welcomed by the leftist Popular Front for the Li(...)

An Israeli mourns during the funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg in Jerusalem. Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers, including Kopinsky, Levine and Goldberg in a Jerusalem synagogue today before being shot dead by police. It was the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city amid a surge in religious conflict. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

The Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue on Shimon Agassi Street in the west Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har Nof is tucked away at the bottom of a steep bank b(...)