Abbas arrives in Beijing for state visit

Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Beijing yesterday for a state visit, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also set to meet Chinese leaders later this week.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 5:22am

Obama makes direct peace appeal to young Israelis

U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo: Xinhua

In a powerful direct appeal to Israelis, President Barack Obama insisted that a two-state peace with the Palestinians could still be forged and is their only hope of true security.

22 Mar 2013 - 9:37am

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

Palestinians rally for hunger-striking prisoners held in Israel

Thousands rallied in the West Bank's two largest cities in support of four long-term hunger strikers, as the Palestinians demanded tougher EU action to help their prisoners.

The deteriorating health of prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has sparked several mass protests across the Palestinian territories, some of which resulted in clashes with the army.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am

Malaysian PM visits Gaza, pledges support for Palestine

Ismail Haniya of Hamas (left) with Najib Razak. Photo: EPA

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged solidarity with the Palestinians on his first trip to Gaza yesterday, and backed reconciliation efforts between Hamas and the rival Palestinian Fatah movement.

23 Jan 2013 - 3:48am

Briefs, January 3, 2013

Hekmatyar called for the killing of Western soldiers. Photo: AFP

An air raid on a town partly held by rebels on the outskirts of Damascus killed at least 12 members of the same family, most of them children. Warplanes bombed the town of Moadamiyet al-Sham, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The United Nations estimated more than 60,000 people have been killed in the civil war, a toll one-third higher than what anti-regime activists had counted in the 21-month-old conflict. 

3 Jan 2013 - 4:58am

Swine flu kills nine Palestinians

A Palestinian doctor wearing a protective mask against swine flu checks an X-ray scan in Gaza City. Photo: AFP

Nine Palestinians have died in an outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu, the office of Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad said on Saturday.

“Latest figures and that 187 cases have so far been recorded, the majority of which are in the northern West Bank,” it said in a statement. “The number of recorded deaths... stands at nine until now.”

29 Dec 2012 - 11:48pm

Letters to the Editor, December 18, 2012

A memorial to the victims of the shooting. Photo: Reuters

Your Monday Face interviewee Lui Che-woo projects the usual hackneyed tycoon opinion that Hong Kong must remain "business as usual" and nothing must get in the way of property company profits ("Capitalising on opportunity" December 10).

18 Dec 2012 - 2:20am

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

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

UN vote on Palestine sparks anger in Israel

Members of the Palestinian delegation including president Mahmoud Abbas applaud the result. Photo: AP

The Palestinians' historic UN success sparked angry recriminations in Israel yesterday, with officials saying it crippled peace hopes and the opposition blaming government inaction for causing the crisis.

In response to the general assembly vote, Israel revealed plans to build 3,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

1 Dec 2012 - 4:02am

UN endorsement of Palestinian statehood sparks celebration

A Palestinian boy in traditional clothes waves a Palestinian flag during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photo: Reuters

Euphoric Palestinians erupted in cheers, set off fireworks and chanted "God is great" after the United Nations endorsed an independent state of Palestine, giving sweeping international backing to their demands for sovereignty over lands Israel occupied in 1967.

1 Dec 2012 - 4:53am

Israel to build 3,000 settler homes after Palestinian UN bid

Temporary housing in the community of Nitzan, near Ashkelon, southern Israel.

Israel is to build 3,000 new settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank after the Palestinians won recognition as a non-member state at the United Nations, an Israeli official told AFP on Friday.

30 Nov 2012 - 10:41pm

Recriminations in Israel as Palestinians win UN upgrade

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the UN vote on Palestine as 'a meaningless decision'. Photo: EPA

The Palestinians’ historic UN success sparked angry recriminations in Israel on Friday, with officials saying it crippled peace hopes and the opposition blaming government inaction for causing the crisis.

30 Nov 2012 - 8:46pm