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Arab-Israeli Conflict

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners, despite divisions

Palestinians celebrate the release of 26 militants from Israeli prisons in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Wednesday.

Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help US-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides.

Wednesday, 30 October, 2013, 10:52am

Shots from Syria hit Israel-occupied Golan Heights, says military

A closed tourist site at Mount Hermon after mortar shells landed in the Golan Heights. Photo: EPA

Shots fired from Syria hit the central Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a military spokeswoman said yesterday, causing no harm or damage. The spokeswoman said the shots were from small arms, and "most likely were stray bullets, we don't know if it was intentional".

21 May 2013 - 2:15am

Israel calls for calm as militants vow to avenge death of tortured prisoner

The prisoner's body arrives home. Photo: AFP

Thousands thronged the West Bank village of Sair on Monday for the funeral of Arafat Jaradat, a 30-year-old father of two and member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades after his death at the weekend.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:43am

Death of allegedly tortured Palestinian inmate sparks violent clashes

A Palestinian protester shoots fire crackers in a clash. Photo: Reuters

The results of an autopsy conducted in Tel Aviv were described at a press conference in Ramallah on Sunday night after a day of angry protests across the West Bank and Gaza in which dozens were injured.

26 Feb 2013 - 4:04am

A new nuclear order is upon us

Pakistan has doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal in the past five years. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea's launch of a long-range missile last month was followed by a flurry of global condemnation that was almost comical in its predictability and impotence. But the launch underscored a larger reality that cannot be ignored: the world has entered a second nuclear age. This larger pattern needs to be understood if it is to be managed.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

After UN vote, looking for hope in Palestine

Supporters of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas celebrate during a welcome ceremony upon his return to the West Bank. Photo: EPA

Palestinians have been understandably jubilant over the UN vote to designate Palestine a non-member observer state even though it is little more than a symbolic act. They have little else to celebrate after the latest exchange of hostilities with Israel that killed more than 140 people. Israel, meanwhile, is angry and divided over the failure of its diplomacy in the UN.

5 Dec 2012 - 2:15am

Israel to build new settler homes after Palestinian UN victory

A Palestinian protester holds a banner reading "WARNING: This is illegally occupied land. State of Palestine." as Israeli soldiers stand guard during a demonstration against Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank village of Al-Maasarah near Bethlehem on Nov. 30, 2012. Photo:Xinhua

Israel revealed on Friday plans to build 3,000 more settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after a historic UN vote to recognise Palestine as a non-member observer state, with Washington describing the move as “counter-productive”.

1 Dec 2012 - 9:41am

Hamas rocket kills 3 in Israel as wider war looms

A picture taken from the southern Israeli town of Sderot shows a rocket being launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Hamas fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel on Thursday, killing three people, and Israel launched numerous air strikes across the Gaza Strip, threatening a wider offensive to halt repeated Palestinian salvoes.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:40pm

Palestinian farmers under attack hold little hope of truce

Not ready to leave relations with the Palestinians to her government or the army, academic Ruth Cohen is one of dozens of Israeli volunteers joining Arab farmers in harvesting olives in the hills of the occupied West Bank.

1 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Slice of Life

From the South China Morning Post this week in: 1948

Writing in the Straits Times - and reprinted in the Post - journalist J.C. Belhargue labelled Hong Kong a 'spiv's paradise' with a 'terrible air of apathy'.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

All I've Got

A 72-year-old grandmother (right) dies, and, on her way to the hereafter, meets her first love who died 50 years earlier. She is given a fateful choice: either restart her life as a 22-year-old and give up all memories of her family, or never be reunited with her waiting love. Part of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival.

23 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Disturbing objective

I refer to the article by Gwynne Dyer headlined 'Israel still tasting bitter fruit of victory' (South China Morning Post, June 13), which contains a highly selective historical analysis of the past 35 years. Salient facts cannot be ignored.

19 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

A bold step forward

A vision of a Palestinian state alongside Israel is emerging amid the bloodshed in the Middle East, and it is significant that the United States has taken the initiative to lead the push to make it a reality. Its proposal, adopted by the United Nations Security Council, has set a tone of determination that the killing must stop and peace be allowed to take root.

14 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Israeli settlements clear violation of human rights

I refer to the letter from Victor R. Shames (South China Morning Post, November 5), replying to my letter of October 27, on the sufferings of the Palestinian and Afghan people.

15 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Ties have soured, says Israel envoy

Technological and scientific exchanges between China and Israel may be improving, but an Israeli diplomat says cultural and tourism exchanges have all but stopped since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

13 Oct 2001 - 12:00am