The West Bank settlement of Beit El. Photo: AP Photo/Nasser Nasser

Settlement bill slammed

Israeli legislators have thrown their weight behind a controversial bill that will retroactively legalise settlement-building on private Palestinian land.

Major General Simon Stuart. Photo: Multinational Force and Observers

Aussie to head up Sinai peacekeeping force

Australia is to deepen its role in Middle East peacekeeping, directing the force that safeguards the calm on the Israel-Egypt border.


NZ’s Jewish PM steps down

Tributes have been paid to John Key, whose mother was a Jewish refugee from Austria, following his announcement he is resigning as New Zealand's PM.

Graffiti with hateful messages in Hebrew on the walls of Beit Samueli Reform synagogue in Ra'anana, Israel.

Death threats at Reform shul

Hate graffiti was painted on the walls of a Reform synagogue in Ra’anana, and death threats left in envelopes, addressed to prominent Reform leaders.

Andrey Burkovsky and Tatiana Navka skating in concentration camp uniforms. Photo: Twitter screengrab

Fury over skating routine

A Russian state-owned television channel has come under fire after airing a figure-skating performance featuring concentration camp inmate uniforms.

One of the devastating fires in Israel last week.
Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Aussie-funded school ravaged by fire

As the flames made their way though Haifa, they wreaked devastation at a children’s village built in large part by Australian donations. Pets in the animal therapy facility were burned

A fire burning in Haifa on November 24. Photo: AP/Ariel Schalit

Israel counts cost of fires

Israelis are getting their heads around the mark that “arson terror” combined with dry weather has left on their country.


Thousands evacuated as fires rip through Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that fires burning throughout Israel that are the result of arson are “terror in every way.” “Every fire that was the result of arson […]

US president-elect Donald Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/JTA

Trump pressed on alt-right

President-elect Donald Trump said he wants to find out if and why he is “energising” white supremacists.

Michael Melchior at the Summit of Religious Leaders for the Peace in the Middle East in Spain. Photo: EPA/Morell

Rabbis, Hamas leaders’ peace summit

An unusual peace summit of Israelis and Palestinians has ended with a strong message: religion can be part of the solution, not just a cause of conflict.