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Airbnb may be named on a list of companies with commercial activities in settlement territories which is expected to be published by the UN later this month. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Protesters have held a demonstration outside Airbnb’s European headquarters in Dublin calling for the company to delist rentals in West Bank settlemen(...)

A view of the Palestinian Museum museum from the garden

The parched countryside outside the city of Ramallah in the Palestinian West Bank roundly undulates with soft-topped hills and valleys. Just decades a(...)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks during his Likud party meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on May 23rd, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty

‘Please don’t write about Ya’ir Golan!’ a friend begged me. “Anything a leftist like you writes will only harm him.” So I abstained for some weeks. Bu(...)

Concerns were raised on social media about the acceptance of Israeli state funds towards the expenses of author Savyon Liebrecht’s appearance at Listowel Writers’ Week.

Listowel Writers’ Week will not be applying for Israeli embassy funding towards the attendance of an Israeli writer at the festival. Concerns had bee(...)

A propaganda poster during the cultural revolution is displayed at the Propaganda Art Museum in Shanghai, China, May 17 2016. The Propaganda Art Museum in Shanghai collect reproductions and original pieces of propaganda posters during the Cultural Revolutions. Photograph: Raul Ariano/NurPhoto via Getty Images

There were two significant anniversaries this week, one in the Middle East, the other in China, which passed if not quite unnoticed, certainly not com(...)

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone, who faces calls for expulsion from the Britrish Labour party. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The recent calls to expel former London mayor Ken Livingstone from the British Labour Party have created a worrying alliance between those who use acc(...)

A Prince fan carries her dog past a sea of purple balloons and flowers at a memorial wall outside the Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Prince’s sister is not “business savvy” enough to handle the rights to her brother’s vast music catalogue, his former manager has said, amid reports (...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been briefing senior Israeli and Palestinian figures on peace talks. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been taking part in briefings with senior Israeli and Palestinian figures as part of fresh attempts to engage hardli(...)

Tahrir Square in Ciaro on February 1, 2011. Most 18-29-year-olds in the region have disengaged from politics after the uprisings. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Since the 1980s the Middle East has had a youth bulge caused by improved healthcare and a continuing high fertility rate. More than two-thirds of the(...)

Masked Palestinian Hamas militants watch the televised speech of US President Barack Obama in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip in 2009. AP Photo/Eyad Baba

The horrendous last five years in the Middle East started with joy at the fall of dictators in Tunis and Cairo. Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight to (...)

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