Fatah’s Azzam al-Ahmad (right), head of the Fatah delegation, and Fatah colleague Rawhi Fattouh (second right),  after signing a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal in Cairo today after the two rival Palestinian movements ended their decade-long split following negotiations overseen by Egypt. Photograph: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian-brokered Fatah-Hamas accord, portrayed as a breakthrough after a decade of bitter division, is partial rather than comprehensive – with t(...)

Hamas’s overall leader Ismail Haniya waves as he arrives for a meeting with Palestinian officials in Gaza City. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Fatah and Hamas delegations are set to meet in Cairo next week to discuss the implementation of a deal to end the rift between the rival Palestinian m(...)

Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray outside Jerusalem’s Old City on July 25th as  Muslim officials say worshippers should continue to boycott the al-Aqsa mosque compound. Photograph:  Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Palestinians are refusing to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque at the Haram al -Sharif compound in Jerusalem’s Old City despite the removal of metal detector(...)

The new leader of Hamas movement in Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar (left) and Hamas senior leader Sheikh Ismaeil Haneiya   during a news conference in Doha, Qatar, announcing the new Hamas policy document. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Saber

Hamas’s decision to amend its charter by accepting the creation of a Palestinian state in territories occupied by Israel in 1967 is nothing new. By (...)

President Mahmoud Abbas: succession  issue has led to infighting. Photograph:  Mussa Qawasma/Reuters

An agreement between rival groups Fatah and Hamas to form a unity government amounts to a major shift in Palestinian politics. As part of the deal, br(...)

A Palestinian father and son holding hands at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza after they were wounded in an Israeli  air strike in  October. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Salem Buhaisi has arrived to the emergency ward at Shifa hospital in scrubs every day for seven years, despite cuts to his salary that make it nearly (...)

 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(...)

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 (...)

 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 Palestinian mother and her sons survey the rubble of a destroyed home in Deir Al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. The funeral for seven members of the family whose house was attacked in an Israeli airstrike was held yesterday. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Before the latest Hamas-Israel ceasefire collapsed, Said, a young Gazan, said: “No more war. It has to stop.” His family’s house in Beit Hanoun in the(...)