Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli demolition forces family to live in cave

Khalid Zir sits with his children in a cave in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan, where they were moved after their previous home - a tin shack. Photo: AP

For much of the past seven years, Khalid Zir and his family have lived in a makeshift tin shack in Silwan, a neighbourhood in east Jerusalem.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 3:12am

Physicist Stephen Hawking praised and decried for joining academic boycott of Israel

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert views the communication screen of British scientist Stephen Hawking when the two met in 2006. Photo: AFP

Stephen Hawking's decision last week to joint the academic boycott of Israel, by pulling out of a conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as a protest at Israel's treatment of Palestinians, has divided world opinion.

12 May 2013 - 2:08am 3 comments

Talking points

Pope Francis

Dockers directly employed by Hongkong International Terminals will meet the management this morning to press for better working conditions, including overtime pay of 1.5 times their normal wage rate.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am

Netanyahu mends ties with Turkey after flotilla apology

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a party meeting in Ankara March 22, 2013. Erdogan underlined the importance of strong co-operation and friendship between Turkey and Israel on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday apologised to Turkey for a deadly 2010 flotilla raid and announced a full resumption of diplomatic ties as well as compensation for the families of those killed, his office said.

23 Mar 2013 - 1:42am

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

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail as more join hunger strike

Relatives of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat mourn after the news of his death in an Israeli jails. Photo: Xinhua

Israel Prisons Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said prisoner Arafat Jaradat, a 30-year-old father of two, had died suddenly at Megiddo detention centre in northern Israel. 

24 Feb 2013 - 3:14pm

Picture of sniper-targeted Palestinian child triggers probe

Israeli media said the image was uploaded by 20-year-old sniper Mor Ostrovski to Instagram last week.

The picture, which went viral on the Facebook-owned picture-sharing website before it was removed, shows a child sitting with his back to the sniper's telescope, with its cross hairs on the left side of his head.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:07am

Palestinian tent protesters evicted from West Bank site

Israeli border police remove a Palestinian from an outpost of tents in an area known as E-1, near Jerusalem. Photo: Reuters

Palestinian protesters who pitched tents at a strategic West Bank site to protest plans to build a Jewish housing project there were evicted early Sunday, police said.

13 Jan 2013 - 1:19pm

How they see it, December 9, 2012

Israel's controversial separation barrier in the West Bank village of Al-Ram on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Photo: AFP

Having spun the line that European governments had misunderstood Israel's plan to create a settlement that would cut the West Bank in two and separate it from East Jerusalem, the prime minister's office vowed that nothing would alter their decision…

9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am

Briefs, December 3, 2012

The inactivation ceremony for the Enterprise in Virginia.

Shooting instructor kills two at noisy party

3 Dec 2012 - 4:24am

Obama, Mursi, must seize chance for Gaza peace

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City. Photo: Xinhua

The latest conflict between Israelis and Palestinians seems depressingly familiar: rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, a swift retaliation with the killing of a high-profile target, and an escalation. But this may not be another tit-for-tat blitz of violence and rhetoric that will rage, simmer and die down before being repeated again in a few years.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:48am

Palestine to seek UN non-state membership amid opposition

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: EPA

The Palestinian Authority (PA) will present its bid for non-state UN membership, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said, despite opposition from the United States and Israel.

Following talks with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo, "it has been agreed that the request will be presented on November 29", Abbas said on Monday, calling for support from Arab states.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Hamas ready for truce amid Gaza rockets crisis

A Jewish woman surveys her damaged home in Sderot. Photo: Reuters

Palestinian militants say they are ready for a truce with Israel to defuse a growing crisis after days of rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip.

As the conflict moved into a fifth day, the Israeli army said its aircraft struck Gaza three times early yesterday, hitting a weapons storage facility and two rocket launching sites used by militants. No casualties were reported in the strikes.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

Israel fires warning shots into Syrian areas in response to stray shell

Israeli soldiers stand guard in Alonei Habashan in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Photo: AFP

Israeli forces fired into Syria yesterday in what the military called a warning, after stray munitions from fighting between Syrian troops and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:19am

Villagers made world's press feel welcome

Wukan villagers have demonstrated their organisational ability, solidarity and hospitality by hosting dozens of journalists from all over the world during the past few weeks.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am