One year after the Gaza war, 11 Palestinian rights groups came together to ask leaders of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to investigate the conduct of Palestinian forces during the war.
While Egypt’s pressure on Hamas has backed the Islamist movement into a corner, it has also inflamed Palestinian anger by doing so – and thus weakened Egypt’s power as a regional negotiator.
Last week's high court decision will force Israel's army to remove roadblocks that have sealed off about 55,000 Palestinian villagers along a stretch of Highway 443 linking Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Rights groups call it a precedent-setting blow to a policy that some liken to South Africa's apartheid system.
Israel high court overturned a ban on Palestinian use of a highway that cuts through the West Bank ahead of a visit by US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell next week.
A young Palestinian woman paints a mural to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Israeli offensive in Gaza on Dec. 29. Israel launched the three-week long offensive on Dec. 27, 2008, to end years of rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli border towns. About 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians, along with 13 Israelis.
Palestinian women are using skin whitening treatments as popular media are reasserting a 'fair-is-beautiful' bid. But the message is not new and can be found even in old Arabic poetry.
On the eve of the anniversary of the Gaza war, Israeli forces killed three suspected Palestinian militants accused of being responsible for the killing of an Israeli motorist. The suspected militants were once Israeli prisoners, authorities say.
The German intelligence official reportedly mediating a prisoner exchange to bring home Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit had previous success with an Israel-Hezbollah swap in 2008.
Some say the PLO's move Wednesday to allow Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stay in office beyond January was aimed at salvaging the PLO's legitimacy. Hamas rejects the extension.