Israel Palestine

  • January 15, 2012

    It has been a momentous twelve months in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and in relation to developments popularly dubbed the 'Arab Spring' or (perhaps more helpfully) the 'Arab Awakening'. Time, we think, to stop for a moment and take stock.

  • January 12, 2012

    Palestine remains politically inert despite the artificial fireworks of a UN application for statehood or membership of UNESCO, observes Dr Harry Hagopian. So why is Palestine faced with such a thunderous crime of silence? After all, over the past year, we have been witnessing popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa region. Where is the disconnect here?

  • January 6, 2012

    Pilgrims to the Holy Land who are searching for the roots of Christianity can also gain a rich understanding of other religions, says a leading Franciscan.

  • December 16, 2011

    To the extent that the Palestinians avoid military confrontation with Israel, it will be difficult for Israel to find a pretext to deport masses of people. Moral restraint, anticipation of rage of 1.5 million Muslims, and world opinion will not allow unprovoked ethnic cleansing, says Ghassan Michel Rubeiz. Force should not be used to draw borders, displace people and forge national identity.

  • November 24, 2011

    Unity for the Palestinians will be achieved only when the people collectively build a common vision on how to tackle the occupation, says Ghassan Rubeiz, noting the encouraging moves towards nonviolence at the grassroots and among some key protagonists.

  • November 22, 2011

    An Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) visit to Imneizil has seen at first-hand the impact of Israeli house demolitions.

  • September 20, 2011

    Palestinian authorities are bidding to gain international recognition of Statehood at the United Nations in New York. The US favours direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine and has already expressed serious reservations with Secretary of State Clinton saying "the route [to peace] lies in Jerusalem and Ramallah not in New York".

  • July 20, 2011

    A two-day conference at Lambeth Palace on 'Christians in the Holy Land,' jointly hosted by Catholic and Anglican leaders, has ended with a call to action.

  • June 29, 2011

    Campaigners today called for British politicians to support a new Gaza aid flotilla amid growing pressure for Israel to end its illegal occupation of Palestine.

  • June 12, 2011

    Israeli and Palestinian politicians have condemned an arson attack on a West Bank mosque, but Palestinians accused Israel of "turning a blind eye" to such attacks.