Palestinian relatives and friends of the Kawarea family carry one of seven bodies during their funeral at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip today. The father, an alleged member of militant Fatah movement and his six young sons were killed in an Israeli air strike that targeted their house. Photograph: EPA/MOHAMMED SABER 1:20

Israeli air strikes shook Gaza every few minutes today, and militants kept up rocket fire at Israel’s heartland in intensifying warfare that Palestini(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: said Palestinian unity government  “rests on Hamas”, which “and the international community must not embrace it”. Photograph: Reuters/Dan Balilty

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called on the international community not to recognise a Palestinian unity government made up of former(...)

Mark Thomas: ‘After you die do you really want people to say: he paid his mortgage on time and, by golly, he advertised bread?’

One morning recently at 5am, Mark Thomas and his friend Tracy were pasting posters over the top of estate agents’ signs. “The posters just said(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat after a meeting in Ramallah earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

The Palestine Liberation Organisation, representing the Palestinians, has engaged deeply and with goodwill in a process that has been going on for 20 (...)

Ariel Sharon: died today  after eight years in a coma. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of Israelis bade farewell today to former prime minister Ariel Sharon, the controversial politician and former military leader whose action(...)

 Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators pack the streets in Jerusalem to protest against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries to enlist in the Israeli army. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews have rallied in Jerusalem against government plans to force students at yeshiva religious seminaries t(...)

Israeli soldiers evicted several hundred Bedouins from a village in the occupied West Bank today after the army declared the area a live-fire t(...)

A Palestinian woman takes part in a symbolic military funeral for Maysara Abu Hamdeya in Gaza City  yesterday.  Photograph: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

The main United Nations humanitarian agency for Palestinians has suspended operations in the Gaza Strip after demonstrators angered by aid cutbacks(...)