Jehan Sadat obituary

Champion of social justice and women’s rights in Egypt before and after the assassination of her husband, President Anwar Sadat Jehan Sadat, who has died aged 88 of cancer, spent most of her life promoting social justice and women’s rights in Egypt. She continued to campaign decades after her husband, President Anwar Sadat, was assassinated, […]

Why Israel is more concerned about Ben & Jerry’s than the Pegasus revelations | Dahlia Scheindlin

The country’s hi-tech surveillance industry is part of its identity – which is why its dark side often goes unexamined After extraordinary revelations that the Israeli company NSO Group’s mercenary cyber-surveillance tool, Pegasus, was allegedly used to target political dissidents, human rights activists, journalists and politicians around the world, Israel should be asking itself a […]

Hungary’s forgotten wartime heroine remembered 100 years after her birth

Tortured and executed in Nazi-allied Hungary, Hannah Szenes is fêted in Israel but largely unknown in her native land In Israel, even schoolchildren know the name of Hannah Szenes, but in her birthplace of Hungary she has largely been forgotten. Szenes was born to a Jewish family in Budapest 100 years ago, on 17 July […]

Death toll rises to 90 in Miami condo collapse as search for victims continues

Some 31 people remain listed as missing Team of first responders from Israel departs Authorities searching for victims of a deadly condo collapse in Florida said Sunday they hope to conclude their painstaking work in the coming weeks as a team of first responders from Israel departed the site. The Miami-Dade county mayor, Daniella Levine […]

Reporting on Israel: ‘Thirty years on, we are still covering the same old enmities’

The Guardian’s outgoing Jerusalem correspondent Oliver Holmes talks to predecessor Ian Black about how much – and how little – the job has changed over the years It was the end of the 1980s and the Guardian’s Middle East correspondent, Ian Black, was talking shop with his competitor at the Sunday Times, the late Marie […]

Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid opens embassy in Abu Dhabi

Visit a sign of improving relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel despite Palestinian crisis Israel’s foreign minister has inaugurated the country’s new embassy in Abu Dhabi in the first official Israeli visit to the United Arab Emirates since the two countries normalised relations last year. Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Yair […]

Vaccine inequality: how rich countries cut Covid deaths as poorer fall behind

Developed countries are seeing the benefits of quickly vaccinating their populations, but concerns remain about the unequal share of global vaccine supplies Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage New analysis by the Guardian has confirmed that a speedy Covid vaccination campaign pays off when it comes to escaping the worst of the […]

Fossilised bones found in Israel could belong to mystery extinct humans

Remains with combination of Neanderthal and early human features date back 100,000 years Fossilised bones recovered from an ancient sinkhole in Israel may belong to a previously unknown group of extinct humans that lived in the Levant more than 100,000 years ago. Researchers unearthed the bones alongside stone tools and the remains of horses, fallow […]

Amnesty: ‘catalogue of violations’ by Israeli police against Palestinians

Palestinians face repression from Israel and Palestinian Authority, human rights watchdog says The latest flare-up of violence in the Gaza Strip has been accompanied by a “catalogue of violations” committed by Israeli police against Palestinians in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem, according to research from Amnesty International. Arab citizens of Israel have been subjected to […]

Israeli coalition ousts Netanyahu as prime minister after 12 years

Far-right former settler leader Naftali Bennett to be installed as prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: the former commando who became King Bibi Israel’s longest-serving leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been ousted from office by a loose coalition of rivals from across the political spectrum, united by their wish to end his 12-year run in power. The opposition […]

British backing for Israel helps to sustain the unbearable status quo | Rafeef Ziadah

Diplomatic and military support – and a thriving arms trade – make the UK complicit in the oppression of Palestinians I often tell my first-year politics students that the study of politics is the study of power. And what we saw last month, above all, was the glaring disparity in power between Israel and the […]

Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel culpability for Iran attacks

Yossi Cohen reveals details of Iran nuclear programme attacks in interview timed to support Netanyahu The outgoing head of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, has signalled the country’s clear responsibility for a series of attacks targeting Iran’s nuclear programme in an interview that appeared to have as much to do with Israel’s febrile politics […]

One Gaza street, 43 deaths: ‘The real war is the aftermath’ – video

Omar Abu al-Ouf lost his parents, grandparents and two siblings when his building was bombed by the Israeli military last month, in a street where 43 people were killed. Two weeks after the 16-year-old was pulled from the rubble, he leaves hospital to visit his remaining family and return to what’s left of his devastated neighbourhood […]

Netanyahu embodied dishonest, divisive demagoguery. If he’s gone, good riddance | Jonathan Freedland

Although the new coalition taking shape may not agree on much, the prime minister’s downfall is long overdue It could be over before it starts. As you read this, it may already be unravelling. But a new government has been formed in Israel, thereby removing the man who has ruled that country longer than anyone […]

Charity records ‘horrific surge’ in antisemitic attacks

Community Security Trust records 351 incidents between 8 and 31 May, fueled by reaction to violence in Israel and Gaza A charity that monitors antisemitism and provides security for British Jewish groups has recorded a “horrific surge” in racist attacks in the past month which campaigners said “surpassed anything we have seen before”. The Community […]

UK vaccine passports likely to be dropped as way of lifting restrictions

Ministers look at how theatres and nightclubs can fully open and spectator events can restart Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Plans to make Covid documents a requirement of entry to mass events are likely to be dropped as the government grapples with how it can safely lift the final set of […]

Far-right politician would be Israel’s next PM in proposed deal

Yair Lapid says Naftali Bennett would serve first in proposed post-Netanyahu power-sharing deal The far-right Israeli politician Naftali Bennett will be the country’s next prime minister under a proposed power-sharing deal intended to oust Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the opposition has confirmed. Yair Lapid said in a speech on Monday that his efforts to […]

Israeli opposition figures reach deal aimed at ousting Netanyahu

Far-right politician Naftali Bennett says he has agreed to a deal with Yair Lapid to forge a coalition government The far-right Israeli politician Naftali Bennett and opposition leader Yair Lapid have agreed to forge a coalition government that would oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from his 12 straight years in power. “It’s my intention to […]

US to reopen Palestinian diplomatic mission in Jerusalem

Secretary of state Antony Blinken also announces aid to help rebuild Gaza as he begins Middle East trip The US will reopen a mission in Jerusalem to manage diplomatic relations with Palestinians, which had been downgraded by the Trump administration, the US secretary of state has said. On a trip to the Middle East designed […]

Biden staffers urge president to ‘hold Israel accountable’ and protect Palestinians – live

500 staffers sign letter urging Biden to ‘lay groundwork for peace’ Secretary of state Tony Blinken to travel to Middle East this week Republicans scramble to derail Capitol riot commission creation 10.35pm BST President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden joined other officials thanking the National Guard members for their service during the 5-month deployment […]

Coronavirus live news: Israel to end curbs as cases tumble

Latest updates: country records just 12 new infections on Saturday; Pfizer vaccine 88% effective against symptomatic disease from the India variant after second dose, AstraZeneca jab 60% effective Pfizer and AstraZeneca ‘highly effective’ against India Covid variant Ministers ‘failed to act on Bedford Covid variant surge for two weeks’ CDC studying reports of heart inflammation […]

From the river to the sea, Jews and Arabs must forge a shared future | Kenan Malik

Each side in this bitter conflict needs to recognise the other’s fears and aspirations ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” runs a Palestinian slogan. Originally a call for a secular state in historic Palestine between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean, it soon became a sectarian slogan, deeply inflected by antisemitism. […]

UAE offers to play role in Israel-Palestine peace talks

Crown prince says emirates willing to back Cairo’s efforts to shore up Friday’s truce between two sides The UAE is willing to play a role in peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians, joining an Egyptian push to bolster a ceasefire in Gaza and de-escalate tensions between the two sides, the Gulf powerbroker’s leadership has […]

Blinken pledges US will deal with ‘grave humanitarian situation in Gaza’

US secretary of state also reaffirms Biden administration supports a two-state solution The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has pledged the Biden administration will deal with “the grave humanitarian situation in Gaza” and will seek “equal measures of security” for Israelis and Palestinians as a ceasefire after 11 days of conflict held throughout the […]

Palestinians return to devastated homes as UN calls for Gaza dialogue

World leaders welcome ceasefire but Hamas and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu remain belligerent Tens of thousands of displaced Palestinians in Gaza have begun returning to their homes to inspect the devastation from 11 days of Israeli airstrikes in its war with Hamas. Gaza City, on the Mediterranean coast, had been warped by the intense attacks, with […]

Life inside Gaza during 11 days of bombardment

Guardian journalist Hazem Balousha describes living in, and reporting from, Gaza, under heavy bombardment until a ceasefire began on Friday, while historian Rashid Khalidi discusses the history of the Palestinian struggle for statehood Anushka Asthana talks to Hazem Balousha, a Guardian correspondent who lives in Gaza. He describes living in, and reporting from, the strip, […]

Israel should take note: the weight of opinion is turning against it | Jonathan Freedland

Thanks in part to a global focus more intense than on any other conflict, western attitudes to the Middle East may be shifting It’s not over, because it’s never over. But there is at least the hope of a pause. After less than a fortnight in which nearly 250 people have been killed, both Hamas […]

Despite the ceasefire, Gaza’s health service is on the brink of collapse | Raja Musleh and Alaa Alkhatib

Our hospitals were already under intolerable pressure because of Covid-19. Then came the latest bombardments Today the streets of Gaza City are full of cheering in response to the news of a ceasefire. But during the 11 days of the aerial bombardment by Israel, the streets told a different story: they were empty, except for […]