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.
A Palestinian demonstrator gestures atop the separation barrier, moments after knocking down a segment of the concrete wall on Nov. 6 during a protest in Bilin, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The first section of the wall was constructed in 1994, between the Bat Hefer and Tulkarm communities.
In the wake of its disputed election, Iran faces diminished support from some friends and hardening opposition among foes.
Al Jazeera ran a scathing parody of the Palestinian national anthem on a program to show how divided society has become.