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Arab-Israeli actor gunned down in West Bank town

A well-known Arab-Israeli actor, director and political activist was gunned down yesterday in the West Bank town where he ran a drama school and community theatre, Palestinian police said.

Killings spur on homes plan for West Bank

Israel has accelerated plans to build hundreds of new settler homes in response to the killing of a Jewish family in a West Bank settlement at the weekend.

Football finally comes home for Palestinian national team

Mokhtar Tlili, the Tunisian coach of the Palestinian national football team, gave his players a pep talk yesterday as they prepared for the first official match played on their home turf. "Be courageous out there," he said. "Don't be afraid."

Israeli soldier faces jail for passing secrets to reporter

A former Israeli soldier who leaked secret military documents to a journalist suggesting that the army had ignored a court ruling in carrying out targeted assassinations of West Bank militants faces years in prison.

Donald Macintyre: Few of the 'revealed' concessions are new, or conclusive

In the public 2003 Geneva Initiative, the Palestinians went further on territory than seems the case in the leaked papers

New Jerusalem settlement hits peace process

Israel is moving ahead with a project to build 1,400 new homes in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem, a development that critics claim will deliver a death knell to the already faltering peace process.

Dispute over death at demonstration

An official statement by the Israeli military denying that Jawaher Abu Rahma, a resident of the West Bank village of Bil'in, died from tear gas has been challenged by the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli troops shoot Palestinian man in botched Hamas raid

Israel has ordered an investigation after soldiers burst into a house and shot dead a Palestinian civilian.

Palestinian woman dies after tear-gas attack at protest

The Israeli military said yesterday it was investigating the death of a Palestinian woman after she inhaled tear gas fired by soldiers during a protest against the military's separation barrier in the West Bank.

Donald Macintyre: Unarmed demonstrators face a difficult struggle

Jawaher Abu Rahma's death has thrown a new spotlight on the unarmed anti-wall and anti-settlement protests that take place every week in and around eight villages in the West Bank, and the methods used by the Israeli security forces against them.

Palestinian killed at West Bank checkpoint

Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian who approached them at a West Bank checkpoint holding a bottle, the Israeli military and Palestinian officials said.

Jewish activist faces jail for West Bank resistance

It is not every day that a leading Palestinian activist issues an emphatic statement of support for a Jewish Israeli – "this friend, whose friendship I am proud to share" – facing prison.

'Our lives became something we'd never dreamt': The former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses

Former Israeli soldiers who have testified against army abuses have for the first time given up their anonymity, to make their voices all the harder to ignore. Donald Macintyre gets an exclusive preview of a powerful new book

Speed guns replace AK-47s on the pacified streets of Jenin

Blue-shirted Palestinian police officers with a German-supplied radar gun were busy last week on a road in the northern city of Jenin. Until three years ago, when a law and order campaign was launched, Jenin was the most lawless city in the West Bank and no one then imagined it could become a venue for speed traps.

Israeli ex-PM insists that settlements be suspended

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was urged yesterday by his predecessor to agree a further halt to Jewish settlement building despite the "wasted" 18 months spent on the "marginal" issue of whether construction should be frozen.

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