France’s National Assembly has voted to recognise the State of Palestine. The proposal — raised by the ruling Socialist Party — was passed with 339 votes in favor and 151 against. The vote follows similar recent votes in Britain, Ireland and Spain.
Footage released on YouTube clearly shows Israeli soldiers firing live rounds at Palestinian children playing on a roof in Hebron, Occupied Palestine.
Israel and Hamas agree an indefinite ceasefire but discussions on key demands are delayed. Laura Kyle speaks to Gil Hofman – chief political correspondent for the Jerusalem Post; Samer Badawi – a contributor to +972 Magazine, and a former executive director of the United Palestine Appeal; Daniel Levy – director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Fears grow over Jerusalem unrest
Source: Financial Times
With the world’s attention focused on the war in the Gaza Strip, another front in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is quietly heating up in Jerusalem, one of the few places where Israelis and Palestinians – elsewhere divided by walls or fences — mingle and meet.
Since the killing last month of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager, by Jewish extremists, the city has seen protests and rioting nearly every night — usually clashes between Arab youths and Israeli police or soldiers. It has accelerated this week, when more than 100 young Palestinians were arrested over two nights. Continue reading Jerusalem unrest prompts fears of third Intifada
In a special edition of Hardtalk from Doha, Stephen Sackur talks to Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas. The Palestinian Islamist movement is currently locked in a grim and costly military confrontation with Israel in Gaza. The pressure on Hamas is immense — military, political and diplomatic.