A group of European Christian Dutch visit in a showroom of soaps produced in a small factory in the Israeli settlement of Kohav Hashahar, in the occupied West Bank, during a tour organised by the Lev Haolam foundation, which supports companies in Israeli settlements. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has issued new guidelines for labelling products made in Israeli settlements, a move that follows years of pressure from some membe(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews,” he told the Zionist Congress. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has provoked huge controversy, hours before a visit to Germany, by saying the former Muslim elder in Jeru(...)

Palestinians use slingshots to hurl stones towards Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. Photograph: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters

Last Friday 19-year-old law student Muhamad Halabi proclaimed “the third intifada has begun” on his Facebook profile only hours before stabbing to dea(...)

Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani says Gaza is trapped in a “criminal, illegal and inhuman siege” which is “suffocating its people socially and economically and sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland must play a greater role “morally, politically and legally” in calling for an end to the siege and “crimes against humanity” on the Gaza Strip(...)

During Pope Francis’s 2014 visit to the Holy Land, the Vatican’s official programme referred to Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the “state of Palestine”. Photograph:  Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

The Vatican has officially recognised the state of Palestine in a new treaty.The treaty, which is still has to be signed, makes clear that the Holy Se(...)

Palestinian families arrive at a makeshift center in Damascus after being evacuated from the al-Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: Motaz Mawed/EPA/Sana handout

The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) said on Thursday it refused to be drawn into supporting any military offensive in the war-battered Yarmouk(...)

A  gathering in solidarity with the Palestinians living in Syria’s Yarmouk camp outside Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) headquarters  in the West Bank.  Some civilians have been evacuated from the camp following Islamic State gains in Yarmouk. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Some civilians were evacuated from a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, the United Nations said, fleeing an advance by Islamic S(...)

An Ultra-Orthodox Jew celebrates the holiday of Purim  in Jerusalem, Israel.  Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

Four female Israeli border police officers and a bystander have been injured by a Palestinian driver on the dividing line between Jewish west and Ara(...)

A Palestinian girl  carries her sister during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip calling for reconstruction of houses. Some 150,000 Gazans remain homeless. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has called a meeting for early next month to discuss the future of the cash-strapped Palestinian government and(...)

William Schabas said his work for the PLO had prompted the Human Rights Council’s executive to seek legal advice about his position from UN headquarters. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The head of a UN inquiry into last summer’s conflict between Israel and Gaza said he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultanc(...)