The controversial Goldstone Report, the result of a UN fact finding mission following allegations of human rights violations during the 2008 to 2009 Israel-Gaza conflict, is under scrutiny again. In a column published April 1 in The Washington Post, Richard Goldstone, the South African judge who led the mission, retracted one of the most contested findings of the group’s September 2009 report. “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document,” he wrote. What findings makes this nonbinding UN report such a flashpoint?
Al Jazeera's release this week of the so-called 'Palestine papers' – a collection of secret documents from the past decade of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations – revealed a US suggestion made in 2008 that Palestinian refugees be permanently resettled in Chile and Argentina. The disclosure was a slap in the face to the many Palestinian refugees and descendants – the UN Relief and Works Agency estimates at least 4.7 million worldwide – hoping to eventually return to what is now Israel. But it wasn't the first time the idea of permanent resettlement has been floated. Here are some of the countries proposed as permanent resettlement locations.
The UN's top representative in Gaza says building projects are being delayed because Israel is not allowing the free flow of construction materials into the territory.
Deep distrust between Hamas and Fatah, which are due for another round of reconciliation talks next week, has led to a dispute over who should pay the electricity bill.
These are the five most central issues that Israel and the Palestinian Authority need to address in the latest round of peace talks, which began Sept. 2.
As the US ramps up Gaza aid projects worth $140 million, stockpiles of everything from steel pipes to medical needles will take months to clear out after the recent easing of Israel's Gaza blockade. Many items are still being blocked.
Summer camps are being targeted for vandalism in Gaza. Early Monday, two dozen masked men destroyed toys and tents at a UN summer camp for children, in the second such attack in just over a month.
A motorist walks away from a stalled vehicle as Oklahoma City firefighters work to rescue other stalled vehicles on Hefner Road between Kelly Avenue and the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Monday.
Sculptures at St. Isaak's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, are silhouetted by the rising full moon late Wednesday.
Isolated by Israel and alienated by Hamas, they see little room for constructive lives in a society that is disintegrating.