The Israeli Iron Dome missile defence system (left) intercepts rockets (right) fired by the Hamas movement towards southern Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, early on Sunday. Photograph:  Anas Baba/AFP via Getty Images

When Israel launches air strikes and artillery bombardments on Gaza, Palestinians have few sources of protection. But when Palestinians fire rockets i(...)

Smoke billows after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City targeted the Ansar compound, linked to the Hamas movement. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty

Twenty-seven days before the first rocket was fired from Gaza this week, a squad of Israeli police officers entered the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, b(...)

An Israeli air strike on Gaza City. Prime minister  Binyamin Netanyahu says  Israel has no plans on relenting in its attacks against Hamas in Gaza. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

With apartment buildings falling like houses of cards in Gaza, rockets striking Israeli towns and sectarian violence spreading across the Jewish state(...)

Israeli forces demolish tents and structures in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Humsah near Tubas city in the Jordan Valley on February 4th, 2021. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand

The labels read “Humanitarian support to Palestinians at risk of forcible transfer in the West Bank” and they lie in the rubble of a destroyed communi(...)

New housing construction in the Nokdim settlement in the Israeli occupied West Bank, south of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, pictured in October 2020. Photograph: Getty Images

An Israeli watchdog group said that the Israeli government approved nearly 2,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank settlements bef(...)

Students stand in line to get tested for Covid-19. Photograph: by Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Israel 3,275 cases per 100,000 (14 day average to October 7th). Israel’s experience with Covid-19 has put our own recent spike into perspective. With (...)

Jared Kushner during a briefing at the White House. “The work President Trump has done in the Middle East has been very underrated, particularly when you consider what had happened in the previous eight years.” Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The White House has urged other Arab and Muslim states to follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead and open diplomatic relations with Israel, following a(...)

A protester holds a placard supporting BDS (the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) in Paris in 2015. Photograph:   Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Seven judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, presided over by Irishwoman Síofra O’Leary, have overturned a conviction by France’s(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland is stepping up efforts to secure a seat on the UN Security Council next year ahead of a key vote on June 17th. Tánaiste Simon Coveney has int(...)

Senator Frances Black: “We have an opportunity; we can show leadership.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The future of a proposed ban on the importation of Israeli goods produced in Palestinian territories has emerged as a sticking point in the talks on g(...)

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