Palestinian women   at a   UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa)-run clinic in  Gaza: The agency   provides support for 5,266,603 registered refugees. Photograph:  Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty

The Trump administration’s decision on Tuesday to slash its funding to the UN agency serving Palestinian refugees could have wide economic, social and(...)

Senior Palestinian official Salim Zaanoun reads a statement at the end of a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

The Palestinian Central Council has voted to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel as a response to US president Donald Trump’s recognitio(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday. Photograph: Iabbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli leaders have reacted with disdain to angry speech by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in which he denounced Zionism as a colonialist projec(...)

George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations. He believes Russia is the source of much of the attacks against him, and that it’s personal. “Putin doesn’t like me,” he says. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images

Fame brings nothing but trouble, George Soros’s father warned him. By concealing his family’s Jewish identity, Tivadar Soros helped save them from dep(...)

Family and relatives carry the body of Israeli settler Rabbi Raziel Shevah during his funeral in Havat Gilad settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday. Rabbi Raziel Shevah was killed  in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to condemn Tuesday night’s killing of a Jewish settler and(...)

Israel: An ill-judged ban

Israel’s decision to blacklist 20 activist groups and block their members from entering the country is a self-defeating move that betrays once again p(...)