News Aloni in 1992, the year she formed the Meretz Party

Shulamit Aloni was a legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of her country's treatment of Palestinian. Born in Tel Aviv between the wars, she was descended from Polish Jewish rabbinical families. Her life, as a fighter for equality and human rights, and her failure to change Israel's materialistic and paternalistc attitudes, closely reflect the troubled history of the Jewish state.

Crowds wave Palestinian flags in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday

Palestinian rivals unite to celebrate UN statehood vote

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets throughout the West Bank and Gaza today to celebrate a United Nations General Assembly vote which was expected to indirectly recognise a Palestinian state, by upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status from that of observer to non-member state.

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan

Search for Syrian brides unsettles refugees in Jordan

Between bitter fall weather and unceasing war at home, Syrian refugees at this northern desert tent camp have enough problems. But fathers like Abu Yousef say they must also contend with something else: older Arab men in search of Syrian brides.

Arab shopping spree boosts UK shops

Well-heeled Middle Eastern shoppers increased their spending by half in the UK last month, making them the most important group for retailers from outside the European Union.

Abu Qatada has been freed from Long Lartin prison

Prime Minister 'completely fed up' as terror suspect Abu Qatada walks free from prison

The controversial preacher looked relaxed and happy as he was driven away from Long Lartin high security jail in acute contrast to outrage at both local and national level

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Abu Qatada to hear verdict after eight year deportation battle

The radical cleric Abu Qatada will find out tomorrow if he is to be deported to Jordan to face terror charges.

Turkey says Nato discussed Patriot missiles for Syria

Western efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have shifted dramatically, with Britain announcing it will deal directly with rebel military leaders and Turkey saying Nato members have discussed using Patriot missiles to protect a safe zone inside Syria.

David Cameron vows to find ways to end Syria bloodshed

David Cameron vowed to work with newly-reelected Barack Obama to find ways to end the bloodshed in Syria after hearing “horrendous” stories of suffering from refugees at a camp in Jordan.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling orders 'immediate' investigation of legal aid system

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has called for an “immediate examination” of the legal aid system after it emerged terror suspect Abu Hamza's legal battles cost taxpayers almost £1 million.

Brother of Syrian parliament speaker assassinated in Damascus

Gunmen killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker as he drove to work in Damascus on today, the state-run news agency reported, as the international envoy for Syria warned the country could become another Somalia.

A Syrian rebel checkpoint last night in the Bustan Al-Pasha neighborhood, the boundary of the area controlled by rebel fighters in Aleppo

Syrian jets attack rebel strongholds across country

Syrian warplanes pounded opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north Wednesday as President Bashar Assad's forces intensified airstrikes following the failure of a U.N.-backed cease-fire, activists said.

The Dead Sea: This aerial view photo shows sinkholes created by the drying of the Dead Sea, near Kibbutz Ein Gedi

Is the Dead Sea dying? Water loss continues at record rate

The Dead Sea is shrinking at a record rate, prompting calls for Israel and Jordan to stop fertilizer makers from siphoning so much of the water whose restorative powers have attracted visitors since biblical times.

The aftermath of the Arab uprisings brings more veils, less freedom for women

As Islamist parties gain ground throughout the Middle East, so too does the hijab

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